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Google files patent application for an odor removing device

Schematic of Google's Odor Removing Device

Schematic of Google’s Odor Removing Device (U.S. Patent Office)

When I first saw this story at the New York Daily News website, I thought that I was probably looking at the Onion or some other fake news site. But then I saw a link to the actual application at the U.S. Patent Office site and realized it’s not joke.

It’s described as a device “which includes an activity sensor, a compunctions portion, and a route suggesting portion.” The route suggesting portion “may provide an alternative 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.”