You can make fun of Google’s latest patent, but it is not one to turn your nose up on. Described as an activity sensor, it is capable of detecting if you’re smelly and come to the rescue by emitting fragrance to mask the odour.
Issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in early February, the ‘fragrance emission device’ fits under your clothes, close to odour-prone areas such as armpits. The device is also smart enough to sense the severity of odour and dispense just the correct amount of fragrance or deodorant to counter the smell.
What happens when the pong is so severe that no amount of fragrance can mask it? Under such circumstances, the device will activate another type of ‘sensor’, one that lets you connect with your social networks and warn you if your friends are nearby. After all, no one wants to bump into someone you know, or worse, an ex, when you’re smelling like a bag of cuttlefish.
In the event someone you know is nearby, the device will map out an alternative route for you to dodge the potentially embarrassing moment.
It’s too early to say whether Google would actually make the product, so in the meantime, you’ll still have to rely on your own sense of smell and good hygiene practices to keep body odour in check.