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01-07-2013, 11:06 AM #1
Adamant's iPhone accessory will sniff bad breath.
Remember how IBM predicted in its annual technology outlook that five years into the future we’ll have sensors to measure the smell of any object?
Not content with waiting that long, Adamant Technologies, a San Francisco startup, has created a chip that uses tiny sensors which “take the sense of smell and taste and digitize them”. They call it halitosis, or bad breath tracking.
Now, iPhone apps from Adamant are still some time away because the company is just getting ready to mass produce the silicon in a plant in Austin, Texas. The chips will go into a sub-$100 iPhone dongle that should take the standard hand-to-mouth sniff test to the next level…
As noted by Business Insider:
The sense of smell he’s developed is pretty sophisticated, too, he says. The average human nose has about 400 “sensors” that pick out various chemicals in the air and identify them (like knowing what pizza smells like). Adamant’s tech has about 2,000 sensors, which is akin to a dog’s nose, Khamis explained.
All in all, this bodes well for the future of technology.
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