The threat of being replaced by a robot in ever more areas doesn’t just apply to humans any more. Now highly-trained dogs who can sniff-out the scent of illness or impending seizure in their humans may soon be outmoded by the SNIFFPHONE, which will be able to ‘read’ your breath through micro- and nano-sensors and then transfer the information through your smartphone to an information processing system for assessment and diagnoses.
The SNIFFPHONE is being developed by an international consortium of researchers led by Professor Hossam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology whose ‘electronic nose’
breathalyzer can identify people with a greater chance of contracting particular illnesses and then treat them in advance – or at an early stage.
“The SNIFFPHONE is a winning solution, says Prof. Haick. “It will be made tinier and cheaper than disease detection solutions currently, consume little power, and most importantly, it will enable immediate and early diagnosis that is both accurate and non-invasive. Early diagnosis can save lives, particularly in life-threatening diseases such as cancer.” The professor is the recipient of dozens of prestigious, academic and scientific awards and honors for the ‘electronic nose.’