Keep Tabs On Your BO With Portable Odor Checker

first_img Between a crowded commute, hectic meetings, and stressful deadlines, it’s easy to work up a sweat at the office. What’s not easy is covertly sniffing your armpits for signs of BO.Japanese tech company Konica Minolta is crowdfunding a device that identifies your level of stench.The pocket-sized machine connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth, and lets users scan four hotspots: around feet, behind ears, top of head, and underarms.Kunkun Body then tests for three different smells—sweat, “middle-fat odors,” and kareishu, which refers to that familiar “old people” aroma—and displays the digital results.Konica Minolta, known for making printers and cameras, believes folks will buy into the portable odor checker, because people in Japan are “particularly sensitive to smell,” according to The Guardian.There is even a word in Japanese to describe office workers whose stink annoys coworkers—sumehara, or “smell harassment.”Kunkun Body was born two years ago out of vanity: Daisuke Koda, incubation lead at Konica Minolta Japan’s business innovation center, and several 40-something male colleagues admitted they worried about overlooking their own body odor.Daisuke Koda demonstrates the Kunkun Body (via The Guardian)“We looked for a device to measure body smell, only to find that there was no device at all to tell the different types of smells,” Koda told The Guardian.And, as necessity is the mother of invention, the group conspired to create a new business venture for the hygienically challenged—and those too cordial to speak out about them.“We see challenges that these people are aware of but nobody has a solution for,” Koda said.Named for the Japanese word meaning “sniff,” Kunkun Body is available to pre-order as part of a crowdfunded set of care products. Early birds can take advantage of online discounts, saving a few yen on the ¥30,000 ($267) gadget, expected for delivery in Japan later this year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan last_img read more

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