A new “electronic nose” has been developed that can sniff out harmful airborne substances. It was developed by UCR and is being brought to market through ieCrowd. This electronic nose can stand guard and detect deadly pathogens or harmful substances.
The nose works by using a nano-sensor array that sniffs out small quantities of harmful airborne substances. This is accomplished through carbon nano-tubes that can detect very small amounts of airborne toxins.
The uses for an electronic device like this are endless, and we can see it being used in numerous cleanroom applications. Many cleanrooms deal with hazardous chemicals that can be quite dangerous; having an electronic nose could be incredibly valuable.