A silent Wasabi fire alarm for the hard of hearing is in the works in Japan. Wasabi is that really, really, really pungent greenish paste you find on your sushi plate that can burn your tongue, palate and everything else in your mouth if you're not careful with it. Wasabi also has a very strong smell and this is the feature that researchers in Japan are exploiting.
"Prototypes of a new silent smoke alarm that sprayed canned wasabi extract into a room succeeded in waking 13 out of 14 test subjects within 2 minutes," according to InventorSpot. "One subject who is actually deaf awoke a mere 10 seconds after the wasabi essence was sprayed."
Now that's innovation!
Alarm Sprays Canned Wasabi
1. Silent Smoke Alarms - Developing silent smoke alarms that utilize alternative sensory cues, such as smell, to alert individuals with hearing impairments.
2. Exploiting Strong Smells - Exploring the potential of utilizing strong and distinctive odors, like wasabi, as a means of communication or alarm systems.
3. Alternative Alert Methods - Investigating alternative methods of alerting individuals, aside from traditional auditory alarms, taking advantage of other senses for improved accessibility.
1. Assistive Technology - There is a potential for disruptive innovation in the field of assistive technology by developing new devices and systems that cater to the needs of individuals with hearing impairments.
2. Home Safety - The home safety industry can explore the incorporation of alternative sensory cues, like smell-based alarm systems, to enhance effectiveness and inclusivity.
3. Sensor Technology - The development of sensor technology can be directed towards creating innovative solutions for improved accessibility and safety measures in various domains.