Airbus commissioned a startup named Koniku to develop smell sensors, which can detect potentially hazardous materials. The smell sensors are scheduled to be tested later this year to search for explosive chemicals in airport screening tunnels. Oshiorenoya Agabi, one of the founders of Koniku, spoke about the smell sensors, “We have developed a technology that is able to detect smell — it’s breathing the air, and it’s essentially telling you what’s in the air.”
The company will also look toward expanding the capabilities of the device to detect viruses, where users can breathe on the unit to receive information about their state of health.
Overall the scent detecting devices show promise for future technology in this area.
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