A “rhino-digital system” is a transspheral functional unit consisting of elements of the digital infosphere on the one hand and the olfactory organ of living beings on the other hand, which are connected to each other in a way that enables interaction that is directed towards the fulfilment of a function, a purpose or a task.
The term “rhino-digital system” was coined as part of the terminology of the “Digital Era Framework”. In this reference framework, four spheres are distinguished on the basis of the type of information manifestation, on the basis of which a classification of systems can take place: The infosphere, which consists of the analog infosphere and the digital infosphere, the cognisphere and the entisphere.
Since the spheral classification of sensory organs depends on the analytical perspective, different spheres can be affected: If the focus is on the physical materiality of the organ, the biosphere and thus the entisphere are of relevance. If a functional perspective is adopted, the relation to the cognisphere must be taken into account.