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A Robotic Foot-Smelling Dog

Posted October 07, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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We have companion bots to keep us warm at night; we have robotic bartenders addressing our cocktail needs; and now we have robots that help us drop not-so-subtle hints to our friends concerning their body odor.

Let the robot uprising begin!

Inspired by a story about a woman refusing to embarrass her father by letting him know his feet smelled bad, Japanese start-up Next Technology LLC designed a robot, called Hanachan, to react to odors (both subtle and strong) coming from bare feet.

Using a built-in odor sensor, the robotic dog draws attention to the unpleasant odor by simply barking. However, in the presence of an especially smelly pair of feet, the dog will mimic “keeling over” and may discharge a few sprays of an air freshener to cover the scent.

Very subtle.

Although an embarrassing affliction, foot odor can be particularly noticeable in countries like Japan where people regularly remove their shoes before setting foot in any home and less noticeable in the U.S. where shoes are commonly worn inside the home.

Although no one wants to believe that their feet smell like an aging wheel of Gouda, that there is such an invention begs the question: do we want an overly-dramatic robotic dog “dying” at our feet or will a simple “Your feet stink!” suffice?

With a price tag of nearly $9,000, you can be humiliated by your dog as soon as June 2018 when the robot hits the market.

Any takers?

Source: Next Technology, LLC

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Re: A Robotic Foot-Smelling Dog

10/07/2017 8:14 AM

It seems like you could buy a lot of odor absorbing socks for $9000.

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Re: A Robotic Foot-Smelling Dog

10/07/2017 9:28 PM

It has to be a robotic dog...real dog's don't sniff feet...

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10/08/2017 11:10 AM

I do live in the US, and so only remove my shoes on the relatively rare occasions where people have signs requesting it. I nearly always wear hiking boots, so taking them off is a significant bother. I rarely even go barefoot between my bedroom and the bathroom across the hall.

The last time I remember noticing stinky feet was over 50 years ago, I think in a dorm common shower room. I have noticed other bodily odors, including my own, much more recently. So I'm surprised that the first smelling robot I've heard of was concerned with feet.

Clearly, just as hearing ability varies from person to person, so does olfactory ability, and I've been led to believe that certain odors that are considered offensive by some people, are considered desirable by others.

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10/08/2017 11:32 AM

A common symptom of age is Pedi-nasal Reversal Syndrome (PRS). That's when your feet smell and your nose runs.

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10/09/2017 8:05 AM

Have you ever owned a Golden Retriever? mine used to push the covers up at the bottom of the bed to get at my feet and lick them to death.

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10/08/2017 3:48 PM

I think smelly feet are a consequence of not wearing socks, or socks that are too thin...I think most if not all bodily odors are caused by bacteria, which require a moist environment, remove the moisture and you remove the odor....wicking fabrics have gained popularity recently I think for this very reason....I think a better approach would be to buy somebody some new socks as a gift...

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