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Phew! New app detects body odor

Phew! New app detects body odor

You rely on your smartphone for many different reasons. You occupy yourself on airplanes by watching TV, play games while sitting at a restaurant waiting for the rest of your party to arrive, or simply use it to actually communicate.

Whatever the reason, smartphones now play an imperative role in everyday life; society has grown so dependent on these devices that scientists are now thinking of new ways in which smartphones can communicate with us about our bodies. More specifically, the status of our hygiene.

Dare I say it, when it comes to body odor, smartphones are here to save the day!

Thanks to the innovative experts at Nivea, they have launched a new product called Nivea Men NOSE, which involves downloading an app and purchasing a special mobile phone cover that acts as an electronic nose.

To activate the app, you simply place the phone near your armpit and the electronic nose sensors will detect the smell and determine whether “It’s OK,” “It’s Time,” or “It’s Urgent” to apply deodorant. Afterwards, take a minute to process the fact that you have been sniffed by your phone. Science is incredible!

Curious to know how it works? VP of New Applications Development Brian Kinkade at SPEC Sensors breaks it down for us, “So we have two kinds of sensors [in the phone cover]. They basically breakdown the chemical bonds of compounds in the air, and when those compounds are broken apart they generate electrons, and those freed electrons create low levels of current that we turn into a voltage, thus a signal of how much concentration of bad smell or good smell is coming to the sensor.”

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