Does Google think that you stink?

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We often report on patent applications by the big players like Apple and Facebook, as they can hint at what the companies are working on, but this latest patent from Google is just plain bizarre. It seems to be building some sort of smart deodorant.

Pic from here.
Pic from here.

Here’s how the patent is described:

“A device is provided which includes an activity sensor, a communication portion, and a route suggesting portion. The activity sensor can detect physical activity of a user of a device. The communication portion may provide access one or more social networks via a communication network, in which the device may communicate with a social network of contacts. The route suggesting portion may provide an alternate route to travel such that the predicted odor may not offend others that are socially connected to the user and that travel the same routes as the user.”

The patent goes on to say a device could then emit a fragrance automatically.

Okay, so it appears to be some tech that will monitor how stinky you are – and will then re-route you on Google Maps to avoid going near your friends? That certainly sounds… unique.

So how long will it be before we’re all queuing to buy Google Nose?

James O’Malley