I know a few people who could use this...

Good morning everyone,

It's going to be another gorgeous day out there today, but make sure you enjoy it, because it's looking more and more like we can expect rain tomorrow and Tuesday. It's expected to clear up from Wednesday though...highs all week will continue to be around 30C.

Do your feet smell bad? Just a little or absolutely awful?

If you don’t dare to ask a friend, one Japanese startup might have the answer with a new robot dog that will sniff your feet and give you a pitilessly honest verdict — even fainting if the stink is especially strong.

Stinky feet can be socially awkward in Japan where shoes are removed at the entrance to every home and a lot of restaurants as well.

Hana-chan — a play on hana (nose) and a common girl’s nickname — is a helpful little robot mutt that will bark if she detects moderately stinky toes, but will keel over if they are particularly pungent.


The 15-cm robot, equipped with an odor detection sensor for a nose, also sprays air freshener to resolve the situation if the aroma is unbearable.

Manufacturers Next Technology created the robot in response to a request from a man who was desperate to know if he had a problem.

“He told us his daughter had said his feet were smelly...but he couldn't ask people to check for him...

“That’s why we developed this cute robot.”

Tsuji said smells are becoming more of an issue in Japan, where body odor can be considered offensive.

In July, Konica Minolta began pre-sales of a pocket-sized device that allows people to self-test three categories of smell on a scale from 0 to 100.

Next Technology plans to start selling the robot dog early next year, with a price tag of over ¥100,000. Are you going to pre-order it?

Have a great day!

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