Nose on a Chip Can Sniff Out Wine, Coffee, and Noxious Gas

The sights and sounds of CES are the things that breathe the most, but for anyone who stinks at the Las Vegas Convention Center with thousands of other sweaty tech fans (or lined up to use their restrooms) It can smell, is a very memorable part of it, too.

Things are slightly different at all virtual CESs this year. However, German startup SmartNotubebs Technologies is on hand (at least, via cyberspace) to ensure that the olfactory senses are well represented. What the innovative startup has created is called Small Inspector, a multichannel odor-detection chip that can be used to deliver a sensitive touch to your home’s smart devices.

The Smell iX16 chip can reportedly be baked into Internet of Things systems and smart home devices with single-board computers such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi. It can smell gases including chocolate, wine, vodka, tea and coffee, onions, bananas, meat, and odors, as well as ammonia, nitrogen monoxide, phosphine, carbon dioxide, water vapor, ethanol, acetone, toluene, and isopropanol. is. fish. If you have ever dreamed of your mood lighting smart light setup then you are advised to open a window to remove the smell of the previous night’s rest before your date is over … well, you are in the right place. Can come on

Odor inspector
SmartNotube Technologies

In fact, of course, the SmX iX16 is going to be most useful in areas such as food control, hazard prevention, and the health sector. Nonetheless, it is tempting to imagine some of the more consumer-facing settings where the odor version of Shazam may play a role.

However, there is still a little more work to be done. The company is going to launch its sniffing chip in Kickstarter in February. Its goal will be to build “a functional and comprehensive database for smelling”, from foods to farming. [and] To manufacture cosmetics. “For this at least 1,000 active users will be willing to participate. Backers will get a ready developer kit and access to AI software and odor databases.

Compared to traditional gas sensors, SmartNotube Technologies promises that its chip is more sensitive, smaller and energy efficient, and can be made cheaper and at higher volumes. What can smell sweeter than this?

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