Your iPhone may soon be able to detect bad breath, if an upcoming smell sensor proves to be a success.
IBM's recent list of upcoming technical innovations has already hinted at a future of 'Cognitive Systems' that adapt and experience the world as it really is, and focus on the human senses: sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing.
That future could be closer than we thought, with San Francisco startup Adamant Technologies planning to launch a consumer device that will plug into an iPhone to detect smells.
The company's founder and CEO Sam Khamis told Business Insider that it has created a computer chip that uses tiny sensor to "take the sense of smell and taste and digitize them."
Khamis explained that Adamant's new technology has a more sophisticated sense of smell than a human, with 2,000 sensors in comparison to about 400 in the average human nose. Adamant's sense of smell is about as good as a dog's, Khamis said.
The device will be compatible with several apps, including one that can detect y our smelly breath.
"Halitosis, or bad breath tracking, is something we're really interested in," Khamis said. The app will even be able to tell you what caused the smell, he claims.
Other apps in the works at Adamant are realtime metabolic tracking that can inform you how many calories you're burning, as well as a breathalyser that can monitor conditions such as diabetes, or test blood alchohol.
But it could be a couple of years before we see these apps hitting the iOS App Store, with the Adamant's chips in the very beginning stages of mass production in Texas.
This story, "Review: bad breath detector attachment for iPhone in the works" was originally published by Macworld U.K..
Picking an Android phone can be difficult, but we're here to help. These are the top Android phones you...
The recent wildfires around Gatlinburg, Tenn. led to the creation of an interactive online map that...
Are your assets bankable in 2017? Hiring managers say they'll seek out these skills most in the New...
Botnets made up of hacked home routers were used to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks...
ASUS Chromebook C202 features a 180-degree hinge, spill-resistant keyboards, and reinforced rubber...
Microsoft and LinkedIn are now officially one company with a common vision for the future of work and...