Apple Latest Patent Includes A Device That Can Actually ‘Smell' And Detect Pollution
Even the Apple Watch comes with sensors that can track a person’s heart rate
Apple always delivers technology that is literally a few generations ahead of many of their rivals. From being the first company to truly add Face ID and an ECG measuring device on the Apple Watch, the company is now patenting a device that can actually 'smell' the environment. Two patents related to this technology were published in the US Patent and Trademark Office on April 4 by the San Cupertino tech giant.
One of the patents listed on the website talks about "Systems and Methods For Environment Sensing". The details on the website suggest a portable communication device with sensors tuned to smells associated with a chemical species. The information from these sensors will be processed through an artificial intelligence unit that enhances recognition capabilities of the device.
These sensors could theoretically detect 'spoiled food material, body odor and be used in other health applications." The sensors on the device will also be able to measure compounds in human sweat and alert the user about their sugar levels.
The second patent filed by the company is a ‘Compact Particulate Material Sensor’. These sensors can emit wavelengths between the ranges of about 1350 to 1390 nm. The sensors are expected to detect pollution in the air. This will come in real handy on the streets of India.
Before we get all excited though, publishing a patent doesn’t assure that the customers will be able to see the final products. Many patents don’t come out as real projects but are left languishing in some office building. So do take this news with a grain of salt.