Motion and Control

Japanese Startup Creates Foot-smelling Robotic Dog

08 September 2017

Source: Next Technology LLCSource: Next Technology LLC

Can’t trust a friend to be perfectly candid with you about the odor of your feet? A Japanese startup is now offering a perfect solution: a foot-smelling robot dog.

Next Technology LLC designed the robot, called Hana-chan, to react to certain levels of foot odor using a built-in odor sensor. The dog will bark at a moderately smelly foot and is designed to “keel over” when presented with an especially smelly foot. Once detected, the robotic dog is programmed to spray air freshener to cover up the offensive odor.

Although an embarrassing affliction, the problem can be particularly noticeable in countries like Japan where people remove their shoes before setting foot in any home.

With a price tag of just over $9,000 (100,000 yen), the robot dog could be available as soon as early next year.

To contact the author of this article, email marie.donlon@ieeeglobalspec.com


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Re: Japanese Startup Creates Foot-Smelling Robotic Dog
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2017-Sep-08 3:51 PM

...DEA introduces the latest in drug dogs....NOT.

If it were me, I would want one of these as prime foot-sniffer! Any of those feet get snarky, it is over before it starts.

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