THINK YOU STINK? ASK YOUR SMARTPHONETHE NOSE DOESN’T ALWAYS KNOWby M.R. Lopes

THINK YOU STINK? ASK YOUR SMARTPHONE
THE NOSE DOESN’T ALWAYS KNOW

1. Lead image smell storyWith all the hoopla about fragrances for Valentine’s Day or what’s the new hot scent for Spring, one highly personal matter often gets overlooked. And that is, frankly put, do you — yes, you — smell?

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.

armpit sniff maneuverRelief 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.

kunkun closeupBased 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.

kunkun deviceJapan 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.

crowded tokyo communter train

 

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.

man with kunkunInformation

To learn more about KunKun, please contact Konicaminolta.com

 


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