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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.

In addition to bad breath tracking, Adamant is planning to release a range of other iPhone apps, including realtime metabolic tracking and breathalyzer apps that can monitor medical conditions, like diabetes or test blood alcohol.

IBM in its ‘5 in 5’ feature predicted that, as the technology advances over the next five years, we’ll see devices that can “smell potential diseases that feed back into a cognitive system to tell us if they suspect a possible health issue”.

If IBM is right, five years from today machines in our pocket will accurately replicate all five human senses.

For instance, Big Blue is calling for substantial advancements in machine-aided sight, hearing and taste, in addition to enhancements to touch technologies allowing one to feel the touch of the fabric and reproduce textures via vibrations and other technologies.

We also reported on another upcoming dongle from a Russian startup. Priced at around $220 a piece, it promises to add a range of life sensors to your iPhone capable of detecting radiation, electromagnetic fields, humidity, temperature – and even determine how organic your food is.

  • I think i can smell my food myself.. And i won’t spent money on a device that checks how my breath smells..

  • Would be a much better alternative to carrying a spoon 😉 but at that price, I’ll just pass.

  • Yes this is coming, I saw it on Star Trek already.
    You guys might think that the previous line was a joke, but its f*in’ serious, there is serious research and progress being made directly inspired. The best part is that the machines and contraptions based on the Star Trek Tricorder were huge machines just some years ago, and now they are so small that in a few years they will fit in our pockets, and a few years more they can fit in your phone.

  • Lisa Evens

    I have had bad breath, lost my job due to it.
    Tried to find a new job but it’s very hard once you stink up the office. I had
    tonsil stones and awful bad breath. My friend told me to check Oraltech Labs as
    it got rid of his bad breath and his post nasal drip. I’ve been following
    Oraltech Labs bad breath cure program for about 2 weeks now and I feel much
    better, also people are not avoiding me anymore so it seems to have cured my
    bad breath as well:-)