The Wasabi Safety Alarm

The IgNobel prize in Chemistry goes to, not a scientific publication, but a PATENT application. A patent application for a new kind of safety alarm.

A safety alarm involving WASABI.

Goto et al. “Odor generation alarm and method for informing unusual situation” United States Patent Application number 12/735,638

We have a pretty good idea of how fire alarms work. You have a sensor for detection of smoke in the air. When smoke is detected, the sensor trips a circuit and a loud noise starts, waking you up. All’s well and good…until you’re DEAF. Or just hearing impaired and don’t have your hearing aids in. Or just a really deep sleeper.

full article: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/scicurious-brain/2011/09/30/ignobel-price-winner-safety-in-smell/

by The Punjapit Alliance

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