A Sniff Of Wasabi Could Save Lives

A Japanese company is selling a new smoke alarm for the deaf. The BBC reports the new device releases a strong scent of wasabi when it detects smoke. Tests show most people wake up within one or two minutes after detecting the pungent smell.

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If, like me, you have a hard time getting up in the morning, you might try keeping a bottle of horse radish next to your bed. That's the concept behind a new safety gadget in Japan.

Our last word in business today is wasabi wakeup.

A Japanese company is selling a new smoke alarm for the deaf. In addition to a loud sound, the device sprays wasabi, or actually the chemical that gives the Japanese horse radish its punch. In tests, the spicy smoke alarm reportedly woke up nearly everyone within two and a half minutes. However, it's not selling well. Perhaps the price tag is too hard to swallow. It costs more than $500.

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