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Novel smartphone app to detect your scent

The technology can be applied in smart building applications for the proper maintenance of bathrooms, culinary businesses

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  • Smartphones can detect QR codes, fingerprints, faces, etc.
  • A new smartphone app can detect smells too
  • The app may be very useful in culinary businesses

Besides scanning a QR code or recognising your face, voice, as well as motion, your smartphone may now soon be able to identify and analyse your scent, via an app that acts like an electronic nose that can detect odours and flavours.

Nanoscent, an Israel-based start-up, is developing a smartphone app that, used together with a chip called a “scent recorder”, can determine users’ scent profile and help them select products, e.g., cosmetics, perfumes and soaps, best suited for them, timesofisrael.com reported.

“Combining scent with technological innovation is something that hasn’t yet been explored or fully realised,” Oren Gavriely, co-founder and CEO, was quoted as saying.

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Even though our sense of smell strongly impa  cts how we think, feel and remember, it is not a part of the existing ecosystem of smartphone devices, which use voice activation, facial recognition, and motion detection to enhance our lives, Gavriely said.

Made up of nanoparticles, the new sensor which is currently separate from the smartphone, emits different signals based on the smell it is exposed to.

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The technology uses the interactions between the sensor and the chemical substances emitted from our body to generate a distinct pattern, or fingerprint, for each scent. It then uses this data to train its algorithm to identify different kinds of smells.

The company is also developing a matchmaking application that can determine people’s compatibility based on their scent profiles, the report said. The technology identifies the smells of each individual in the couple, and creates a map of smells that were attractive and best suited to the other.

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the app may especially be useful in culinary businesses. VOA

Then they train their algorithm to detect the various scents, and thus identify potential matches. Both products are expected to be launched this year, Gavriely said. The technology can be applied in smart building applications for the proper maintenance of bathrooms, culinary businesses that want to record smells, automobile companies that want to use scent to influence drivers, and companies interested in enhancing sleep by using scent. IANS

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Global Smartphone Market is Expected to Shrink in 2019

TrendForce said Samsung will likely take a more aggressive strategy in terms of price and specifications as the company finds it hard to tap new business areas

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Global smartphone market to shrink in 2019.

The global smartphone market is expected to shrink further in 2019 due to weaker demand and other unfavourable factors, a report said on Tuesday.

Global smartphone production is expected to reach 1.41 billion units this year, down 3.3 per cent from the previous year, according to the report from TrendForce, a leading market intelligence provider.

Replacement demand is likely to slacken this year due to a lack of devices with landmark functions, TrendForce said, adding global smartphone output could drop as much as 5 per cent on-year due to the uncertainty and fallout from the ongoing trade war between the US and China, Yonhap news agency reported.

Samsung Electronics Co is projected to grab the leading market share of 20 per cent this year, followed by Huawei with 16 per cent and Apple Inc with 13 per cent.

Among the top three industry players, Huawei will likely become the only company to post positive growth in smartphone production.

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Samsung Electronics Co is projected to grab the leading market share of 20 per cent this year, followed by Huawei with 16 per cent and Apple Inc with 13 per cent.

Samsung’s smartphone output is predicted to shrink 8 per cent on-year to 293 million units, with Apple’s production likely to fall 15 per cent to 189 million.

Earlier, another industry tracker, Strategy Analytics, predicted global smartphone shipments to come to 1.43 billion this year, down 0.6 per cent from a year earlier.

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Strategy Analytics forecast a market share of 20.3 per cent for Samsung, 16.1 per cent for Huawei and 14.4 per cent for Apple.

TrendForce said Samsung will likely take a more aggressive strategy in terms of price and specifications as the company finds it hard to tap new business areas.

Samsung plans to roll out its Galaxy M mid-range and low-end smartphones in India at the end of this month and unveil its Galaxy S10 flagship smartphone and foldable smartphone in San Francisco next month in a bid to create new demand and outperform Chinese rivals. (IANS)