Japanese developers say machine were gonna help bring objective to sumehara, or fragrance harassment, by those who perturb colleagues with their body odour

Worried your body odour is out of control but suspect your colleagues are too polite to say anything about it? Now theres an app for that, too.

A Japanese tech company has begun selling a machine that allows people to self-test their sweaty exteriors for three categories of smell.

The pocket-sized detector, which looks like a tape recorder, connects by Bluetooth to a smartphone app that discloses the potentially ominous makes in a appropriately discreet manner.

Konica Minolta, the firm previously best known for producing cameras and printers, believes there is a market for the odour checker in Japan because people are particularly vulnerable to smell.

There is even a word in Japanese for the behaviour of office workers who annoy others with their noxious fragrances sumehara , or smell harassment.

The portable body odour checker, Kunkun Body, takes its name from the Japanese term for smell. Results are sent to the owners telephone. Photo: Daniel Hurst for the Guardian

At a launch event in Tokyo on Thursday, this reporter detected the inevitable the effects of walking 30 minutes in the searing summer sunshine to get to the venue.

A check behind the ear revealed fairly high reads of sweat fragrances and middle-fat odours. Immediately care is needed, the app advised in a message on the results page.

There was, however , nothing identified in the category kareish which translates as old-age stench, usually links with matters of substance 2-nonenal.

Daisuke Koda, who is the incubation produce at Konica Minolta Japans business innovation centre, said the idea arose after its consideration of the item he had with several male colleagues, all aged about 40, two years ago.

They were discussing the increasingly intense summertime hot and confided in one another that they sometimes were afraid of how they smelled.

We looked for a device to measurement torso aroma, only to find that there was no machine at all to tell the different types of aromas, Koda told the Guardian.

That prompted us to think it might be an opportunity for a new business and we continued our research further deeper.

Studies been demonstrated that the number 1 etiquette fear in the workplace was body odor, Koda added. At the same period, people found it difficult to speak out about another colleagues odours.

We see challenges that these people are aware of but nobody has a answer for, he said.

Daisuke Koda, from Konica Minolta, demonstrates the use of the body odour checker behind the ear. Photo: Daniel Hurst for the Guardian

The resulting device is called Kunkun Body, which takes its epithet from the Japanese word for sniff. It will allow us to test for stenches in four locatings: near the brain, behind the ear, under the armpit and around the feet.

The device is available to Japanese purchasers as part of a set of care products in a crowdfunding drive launched on Thursday morning. Early adopters are offered discounts on the recommended retail price of 30, 000 yens( US $265 or 206) with the devices set to be delivered later this year.

The company said it “havent had” current plans to sell the device outside Japan.

Its not the first machine aimed at addressing smell-related worries in Japan. Last year, Sony liberated a portable aroma diffuser called Aromastic. Proprietors of the machine, dubbed an aromatic Walkman, can choose which fragrance they want to be radiated in their vicinity.

In a bid to beat the notoriously hot and humid summertime circumstances, people in Japan often carry around handkerchiefs to wipe away sweat and parasols to block the sunlights rays.

In June last year, retailers and producers reported an increase in sale of antiperspirants and wipe products compared to the previous year, according to a report by Jiji Press.

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