The Japanese corporation Konika Minolta has created a device that notifies your phone when it detects unpleasant body odors like smelly feet or underarm sweat.
The KunKun (Japanese for “SniffSniff”) is small enough to fit in a coat pocket, and features sensors that pick up specific chemicals associated with three types of bodily odors: ammonia and isovaleric acid, chemicals known to produce that nasty sweaty locker-room smell…. 2-nonenal, which is associated with old age…. and diacetyl, a controversial organic compound that makes you smell like “rancid cooking oil.”
I didn’t even know smelling like rancid cooking oil was a THING. Now I’m worried.
Via Oddity Central:
When the information is sent from the KunKun to the smartphone, users are notified if they have passed or failed a smell test using a color-coded meter. “It’s difficult to recognize your own smell,” Konica Minolta’s Daisuke Koda told the Wall Street Journal. “We can give relief by telling people how smelly they are and freeing them from the anxiety of not knowing.”
The KunKun was thought up by Hiroshi Akiyama, a 43-year-old man who became worried about his bodily odor, and pitched his idea to Konika Minolta. A lot of men over the age of 40 are apparently stressed out by this problem, so the company was very interested in providing a high-tech fix. They teamed up with scientists at the at the Osaka Institute of Technology and developed this weird little “sniff sniff” device.
The company is already planning on an upgrade that enhances its capabilities to include pet smells, cigarette smoke, and excess perfume.
They might also think about adding “bad breath” and “swamp crotch”… Just sayin’