If you’ve ever been concerned about whether your colleagues think you’re emitting Body Odor (and who among us hasn’t done that subtle arm raise-and-sniff move) a new smartphone app now promises to dispel anxieties.
Relief for this dilemma is in sight as Japanese copier manufacturer Konica Minolta formulates their plans to bring out a hand-held device called KunKun —”sniff-sniff” in Japanese —that claims to detect body odors.
Based on the concept that it’s difficult to recognize one’s own smell, according to the developers, the device — small enough to slip into a coat pocket — connects to a smartphone application. With sensors that equip it with human-like sensitivity, data is fed into the user’s mobile device, providing information on how smelly he or she may be along with whether they’ve passed the sniff-sniff test.
Japan is a particularly good test market for an odor detector since the nation is known for its superior hygiene standards. Visualize those packed Japanese commuter trains and it’s obvious any deodorant lapse would be hard to miss.
So far, according to the company, the device can detect chemicals associated with three types of body odors:
- sweaty locker room smell
- greasy and grassy odor associated with aging
- scent of rancid cooking oil characteristic of middle aged men
Initially, Konica Minolta plans to market KunKun to corporate customers in service businesses where body odor can be critical to customer satisfaction. They are also actively upgrading the technology to detect offensive pet smells, cigarette usage and excessive fragrance spritzing.
To learn more about KunKun, please contact Konicaminolta.com
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