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Electronic Nose Is No Joke

Let the April Fools’ Day pranks begin! Google's merry pranksters are off to a running start with a promotional video for the company's new scent-based search tool: Google Nose. Unlike Google glasses, the Google nose is actually a joke, but the concept of an artificial nose is totally real. The Washington Post's Wonkblog dug up an old episode of This American Life about the California-based company Cyrano Sciences, which is currently working on a real life electronic schnoz. Equipped with a database of smells, the plastic snouts could be used by doctors to sniff out pneumonia and other illnesses that are particularly potent or to detect gas leaks in factories. 

April 1, 2013 9:35 AM