Therese Jordan, EVP of worldwide BD & President – Aryballe Technologies |Topic: Photonics & MEMS-based Bio-sensors Applied to Digital Olfaction
Digital olfaction, by way of e-noses, is currently seen in applications for R&D, quality control, and manufacturing today. Similar to our sense of smell, digital olfaction mimics the process by which our brains identify and differentiate between odors by capturing odor signatures for display and analysis via software solutions. Many electronic noses in the market are limited to lab applications due to size and cost. In addition, the gas technology employed does not have the diversity to distinguish the full dimension of odor.
Aryballe’s approach uses a biometric method that is sensitive enough to distinguish hundreds of odors. By using interferometry methods, Aryballe’s MEMS platform creates a unique pattern of the biosensors’ reaction to the odor which is then analyzed by software against the odor database. This approach enables miniaturization of the sensor, high volume manufacturing and greatly reduced costs—making the technology accessible for consumer applications. These distributed sensing networks can address emerging applications in automotive and consumer markets.