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New iPhone Chip to Identify Smells, Tastes

By - Source: Business Insider | B 22 comments

App will apparently be able to detect bad breath and identify its source.

Adamant Technologies has created a processor for Apple's iPhone that "can take the sense of smell and taste and digitize them." The company's founder and CEO Sam Khamis said the product utilizes around 2,000 sensors in order to identify smells. Comparatively, there's approximately 400 sensors in the average human nose.

The startup, based in San Francisco, is backed by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and has started the production of chips at a factory located in Austin, Texas. It expects to release apps designed for the chips within 1-2 years.

Adamant is also planning to manufacture a device that will plug in to the iPhone and power a number of apps. One such app would apparently warn users when their breath is not as fresh as they would like.

"Halitosis, or bad breath tracking, is something we're really interested in," said Khamis. He added that the app will tell users if they have bad breath and indicate what exactly caused it. Other apps planned by the firm include one that will test blood sugar for diabetics and measure blood-alcohol levels.

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    back_by_demand , January 7, 2013 9:01 PM
    Activate the App and get it to smell the iPhone, yep, that's bullshit alright, then the owner, yep smells like smug hipster
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    noob2222 , January 7, 2013 8:42 PM
    The new Siri app won't talk to you when you have bad breath, instead coughs and complains about the smell.

    on an interesting note, this will be quite the interesting toy to have at parties. Blood Alcohol Content meter FTW.
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    noob2222 , January 7, 2013 8:42 PM
    The new Siri app won't talk to you when you have bad breath, instead coughs and complains about the smell.

    on an interesting note, this will be quite the interesting toy to have at parties. Blood Alcohol Content meter FTW.
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    back_by_demand , January 7, 2013 9:01 PM
    Activate the App and get it to smell the iPhone, yep, that's bullshit alright, then the owner, yep smells like smug hipster
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    j2j663 , January 7, 2013 9:15 PM
    So they list uses like blood sugar tracking and BAC measurements but what they are really saying is screw solving real problems what we are really interested in is ridding the world of bad breath!
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    descalada , January 7, 2013 9:30 PM
    The #1 response from the app: "Tastes like chicken"
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    MichaelSP , January 7, 2013 9:34 PM
    :/ at this rate, everyone will have to check with their phone/tablet/computer that their own existence is permitable each day. Who needs to go around with a phone to check what everything smells like, as a standard everyday device. For people who perhaps cannot smell perhaps, but most people can.
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    robochump , January 7, 2013 9:34 PM
    Great for dating! hehe But yeah, its very dependent on the hardware of the device. Doubt this will happen but good to know they are trying!
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    dalethepcman , January 7, 2013 9:55 PM
    "My job, was to gently remove the stick from their asses, wave it under my nose and give it a good sniff then proclaim "Your right your $hit doesn't stink," then oh so gently re-insert the stick from whence it came." - Lewis black

    Looks like they will have an app for that soon.
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    weierstrass , January 7, 2013 10:01 PM
    It could be useful if it would warn allergic people when they get into dangerous environment.
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    weierstrass , January 7, 2013 10:02 PM
    Can it find someone like a dog can?
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    g-unit1111 , January 7, 2013 10:09 PM
    What happens if you use your phone in the bathroom a lot? :lol: 
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    LEXX911 , January 7, 2013 10:32 PM
    I smell a turd rising.
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    DRosencraft , January 7, 2013 10:36 PM
    There was an article a few days ago where IBM predicted what the five big innovations in the next five years would be. Computers that could detect and reproduce various senses such as smell and touch... that didn't take long. Got the detection part down, now to get the reproduction part going...
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    soundping , January 7, 2013 10:53 PM
    If smells alcohol on your breath will it call a cop on you?
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    abbadon_34 , January 7, 2013 11:13 PM
    soundpingIf smells alcohol on your breath will it call a cop on you?


    Police, lawyers, and government will love this, whether it does or does not. Police will request the data to arrest/fine people, lawyers will sue if someone drives drunk and apple knew, and government will have a more tool to control/fine/spy on people in the name of "safety"

    Breathalysers has a very brief stint in bars, first to make people safe, until it lead to drinking more and owner's realized the liabiity either way. There is also huge difference between the $20 units people can buy over the internet, and the $500 units policy use.

    Next up: blood samples, first for health, then for revenues
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    Hashwagon , January 7, 2013 11:36 PM
    How about something more useful and potentially live saving: Carbon monoxide and smoke detector alarm?
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    nuvon , January 7, 2013 11:44 PM
    Can't see the usefulness of it, but then you never know...
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    billgatez , January 7, 2013 11:54 PM
    All this thing is going to smell is crap. As it is attached to an iPhone.
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    lp231 , January 8, 2013 12:35 AM
    drosencraftThere was an article a few days ago where IBM predicted what the five big innovations in the next five years would be. Computers that could detect and reproduce various senses such as smell and touch... that didn't take long. Got the detection part down, now to get the reproduction part going...

    Apple probably saw that article too and decided they must quickly patent it.
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    dauntekong , January 8, 2013 12:37 AM
    Man has iPhone in back pocket and standing in the middle of a loaded train ride for 1 hour.

    Everyone can hear Siri saying. "Your as$ smell like sh!t. Your as$ smell like sh!t. Your as$ smell like sh!t. Your as$ smell like sh!t."

    Man removes iPhone out of back pocket and yells at Siri. "SHUT UP!"

    Siri replies: "Your breath smells like over due coffee and cheese... Your breath smells like over due coffee and cheese... Your breath smells like over due coffee and cheese... "
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    jgarnish , January 8, 2013 2:08 AM
    New wave dating scene... Going out for dinner, you open the window, and hold the phone in the breeze until it detects good food.... Then you park, order, and proceed to dunk the phone into the dish, and confirm that the chip was right about the smells in the first place. If you want to impress your date... That's going to get it done! =)
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