The developers of an electronic scent-sensing device are taking a whiff at its possible uses when it comes to food safety and more. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
An eNose called the Peres works kinda like your nose does. It takes in and interprets smells. At the moment, it uses those smells to determine whether that pork, beef, poultry or fish you just bought is still fresh or dangerous to eat.
"It’s gas based technologies, we are using metal oxide sensors, there are a couple of them. The first one is ammonia sensor the second one can measure more than 100 different organic, volatile compounds, and it does some mathematical calculations and then after that it gives you results on the quality or the level of the freshness of the food," explains Augustas Alesiunas of Peres.
The results are sent wirelessly to an app on your smartphone. Developers say it has an accuracy rate between 80 to 95 percent. It cannot detect bacteria like E. coli but is purely a test for freshness.
Developers say they eventually plan to use the same technology so that some day this same device could also be used for drug tests and pregnancy tests.
"Yeah, we are going to work with drugs because when you breathe air out it gives you even more accurate results than the blood test. It can tell you whether a woman has ovulation cycle and she can get pregnant," says Alesiunas.
Developers say it could also be used, though they have no plans on going there, to help determine whether your significant other is cheating on you, based on their smell.
The Peres is right now raising money via the crowd funding site Indiegogo and is expected to go on sale mid-July for around $120.