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Weird?  Certainly.  Slightly disturbing? Arguably.  Wonderful?  I think so, yes.

I featured a picture of creator Noda Akira showing his device off at Make Tokyo Meeting 07 in last week’s MAKE Flickr pool roundup, and Akira himself turned up in the comments to identify himself, claim credit for the device, and link to the embedded video showing off how it works.  The text is in Japanese, but the video is well made and gets the point across nicely even if you can’t read it.  I wonder how much it occludes the airway?  Could you wear one in each nostril without feeling like you were down with a head cold? [Thanks, Akira!]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • mike_bb

    The LED should be red to have a “fire spit” effect. Would be great for Halloween! Love it!

  • Mike Douglas

    used to measure exiting gasses, you would no longer be guessing “who dealt it”.

  • noda akira

    Airway is no problem.
    But,it feel like … Dried snot sticks to nostril skin.
    Snot sometimes sticks without closing your nostril as you know.
    It feels like that.
    So you can use 2 hana-hotarus  with your both nostril.

    But, it looks like cheep comedian.

  • David Rhodes

    If this were wired to a vibrating device or shock collar, it might make a great solution for those with sleep apnea.

  • Peter Simpson

    Very cool. But I’m disappointed to see batteries…how much cooler would be one powered by an air turbine?  Maybe the next version?