Are you annoyed by the body odor of your colleagues or classmates? And you are too gentle to complain them? No Worries, now there is an app to assist you. Konica Minolta, a Japanese tech company on Thursday launched a device that allows people to self-test their sweaty exteriors for three categories of smell, the media reported.

The pocket-sized detector called Kunkun Body which looks like a tape recorder, connects by Bluetooth to a smartphone app that divulges the potentially ominous results in a suitably discreet manner, reports the Guardian.

Konica Minolta is famous for producing cameras and printers. The organization believes that there is a market for the odor checker in Japan because people are “particularly sensitive to smell”.

There is even a word in Japanese for the behavior of office workers who annoy others with their noxious aromas – sumehara, or “smell harassment”.

Daisuke Koda, who is the incubation lead at Konica Minolta Japan’s business innovation centre, told the Guardian that the idea arose after a discussion he had with several male colleagues, all aged about 40, two years ago.

They were discussing the increasingly intense summer heat and confided in each other that they sometimes were afraid of how they smelled.

The gadget is available to buyers in Japan. Surprisingly, The company said it had no current plans to sell the device outside Japan. The device is priced at 30,000 yen ($265).

Last year, Sony also released a portable aroma diffuser called Aromastic. Owners of the device, dubbed an “aromatic Walkman”, can select which scent they want to be emitted in their vicinity.



Credits : IANS, Tokyo


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