Skyrocketing temperatures, unbearable humidity, and sweaty armpits all add up to one embarrassing side effect of the summer: body odor. But despite being literally under your nose, it’s not always easy to tell if your deodorant is winning the battle against BO, so Japan’s Tanita has created an electronic nose that can quickly confirm whether or not you stink.
Tanita’s new ES-100 uses technology similar to the sensors found in the company’s alcohol-detecting breathalyzers, but in this case, it’s been tuned to detect the chemical compounds responsible for the unpleasant smell often emanating from armpits and other parts of the body with high concentrations of sweat glands. Have you ever heard of ring around the collar, those nasty stains ruining your dress shirts? You can blame your sweaty neck for those.
The ES-100, which looks a lot like an antique pager, features a fold-out arm that you hold near an area of suspected odor. It takes about 10 seconds for the device to work its magic, at which point it delivers its verdict about your level of body odor on a scale of one to 10—10 meaning it’s time to reapply your deodorant, and one meaning you’ve probably spent the day hiding out in an air conditioned office.
Available starting on July 1, just in time for the summer heat to arrive, there doesn’t seem to be any pricing details as of yet. But Tanita’s other odor detectors typically run between $30 to $40, which is a bargain if it means you’re no longer referred to as the smelly one in your office.