It was originally developed for use in hospitals where nurses have to deal with diaper and bedpan changes all day long, but this instantaneous deodorizer would probably be gladly embraced by parents with a new addition at home.

Composed of a long articulated arm with a cone collector at one end, the machine isn't exactly inconspicuous, but if it deals with odors as effectively as it claims, who cares? The deodorizer's secret weapon doesn't lie in its weird design; instead, it uses a special activated charcoal to absorb the stink. The charcoal used in filters like a Brita pitcher has very small pores that can only absorb a small range of particles. But the charcoal used in this deodorizer has larger pores that can absorb a wide variety of particles and odors, making it very effective at neutralizing the noxious fumes coming from a dirty diaper.

For the time being the deodorizer is only available in a larger model designed for use in hospitals, but its creators are working on a smaller commercial version too. And hopefully someday the technology can be integrated directly into toilets, because it's not like that stuff starts smelling like roses the day you stop wearing diapers. [DigInfo TV via Akihabara News]