Wasabi Smoke Alarm wins Japanese students Nobel Prize

by Gareth Mankoo

Smoke alarms are quite useful in winning some crucial seconds of escape time by warnong you about the possibility of a fire in advance. However, what about those who tend to sleep through loud sounds or those who prefer to have headphones playing music, blaring through their brains when a fire breaks out? For such, we have a smoke alarm that makes sure that you do not miss out on an emergency signal. Last year, a bunch of students found a solution that has won them an accolade above all others. Behold, the Wasabi Smoke Alarm also releases a whiff of powerful Wasabi odor, causing people’s eyes and noses to water. So whether you’re hearing it or no, you know that there’s some trouble somewhere.

The team of Japanese scientists who created this contraption won the Nobel Prize for chemistry, ‘for determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi (pungent horseradish) to awaken sleeping people in case of a fire or other emergency, and for applying this knowledge to invent the wasabi alarm.’