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EARTHDATE: August 13, 2017

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by Hazed

Maybe your best friend won’t tell you if you have a body odour problem, but it would be good to know if you’re a bit stinky. Technology to the rescue as a new gadget combines with a smartphone app to warn you if you’ve started to pong.

It’s been developed by a Japanese tech company. Apparently, being smelly in public is considered the height of bad manners in the country; there’s even a word for it, sumehara – smell harassment, annoying others with noxious odours.

The device is called Kunkun Body, which takes its name from the Japanese word for sniff. The detector looks like a small tape recorder, and it connects to a smartphone using Bluetooth. You use it to test for smells in four locations: near the head, behind the ear, under the armpit and around the feet. It reports the results to your phone, telling you whether you need to take action to mitigate any smells.

The device is being funded by crowdfunding but sadly it’s only available to Japanese buyers.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/13/no-sweat-app-alert-office-workers-stink

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