22 August 2012 ‘Electronic nose’ could be integrated into smartphones ‘Electronic nose’ could be integrated into smartphones Research in the US has led to the development of an 'electronic nose' prototype which can detect small quantities of harmful airborne substances. Nano Engineered Applications completed the prototype based on intellectual property licensed from the University of California. The company says the device has potential applications in agriculture, industrial sites and the military. "This is a really important step," commented Nosang Myung, a professor at the University of California. "The prototype clearly shows that our research at the university has applications in industry." The unit is designed to be incorporated into handheld devices, wearable devices and smartphones. Nano Engineered Applications hopes to begin selling the device within a year and is currently focusing on making it smaller and writing related software. The prototype features a nanosensor array that uses functionalised carbon nanotubes to detect airborne toxins down to the parts per billion level. It also includes a computer chip, usb ports, and temperature and humidity sensors. A second version, due out in 30 days, will integrate a GPS device and a Bluetooth unit to sync it with a smartphone. Nano Engineered Applications is now looking to collaborate with companies that could bring the production version to market. Author Simon Fogg Comment on this article Websites http://www.ucr.edu/ This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.