This App Will Send You A Warning If You Smell Terrible

If your friends won't

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As a reader of Esquire, it's more than likely that the only odor you're emitting is a delicate Aqua Di Parma waft of Sicilian lemons and Mediterranean sea air, but in the rare case that you're a horrible, smelly person, there's now an app for that.

Here to quell your sickening miasma, a Japanese electronics company, going by the name of Konica Minolta, has developed a pocket-sized gadget that can detect an array of smells from sweaty feet to a 'greasy odours'... lovely.

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The KunKun - Japanese for 'sniff, sniff' - connects to a phone app that warns users if they start to smell like a bag of old takeaway.

It works by detecting chemicals commonly associated with bad smells, like ammonia and isovaleric acid - common in sweaty changing rooms.

Information is then sent to the app, which can tell them if they have passed or failed a smell test using a meter.

The idea for the device came about after a group of male employees at the Japanese firm, which typically deals with printers and photo film, had a discussion about co-workers being too polite to warn them about poor hygiene.

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"It's difficult to recognize your own smell," Konica Minolta's Daisuke Koda told the Wall Street Journal. "We can give relief by telling people how smelly they are and freeing them from the anxiety of not knowing."

If you're the kind of person who doesn't have a nose, then the KunKun is set to go on sale in Japan later this year. The exact price is currently undisclosed, but it's suggested that it will be the equivalent of a couple of hundred pounds.