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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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This is a revolutionary app. Pixabay

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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Microsoft Reveals Plans to Turn Smartphone into Hand-Held Xbox

Possible features for the controllers include built-in speakers, a headphone jack, and wireless headphones support

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While there is no specific mention of the Xbox in the application, a couple of the drawings feature all-too-familiar buttons and symbols. Pixabay

In an apparent bid to take on the popular Nintendo gaming Switch, a new Microsoft patent has revealed plans for controllers that would turn your smartphone into hand-held Xbox.

According to a report in Digital Trends late Sunday, the patent shows “a charging device for removable input modules. While there is no specific mention of the Xbox in the application, a couple of the drawings feature all-too-familiar buttons and symbols”.

Possible features for the controllers include built-in speakers, a headphone jack, and wireless headphones support.

The detachable controllers in the patent looks similar to the Nintendo Switch but a key difference with Nintendo’s hybrid console is that Microsoft controllers would “focus on enabling the Project xCloud video game streaming service on mobile phones”.

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In an apparent bid to take on the popular Nintendo gaming Switch, a new Microsoft patent has revealed plans for controllers that would turn your smartphone into hand-held Xbox. Pixabay

According to Microsoft, Project xCloud’s state-of-the-art global game-streaming technology will offer you the freedom to play on the device you want without being locked to a particular device.

Similar to Google Stadia, Project xCloud would allow players to stream console and PC games to their devices through Cloud.

“We are developing a new, game-specific touch input overlay that provides maximum response in a minimal footprint for players who choose to play without a controller,” Microsoft said last year.

Microsoft has nearly 40 years of gaming experience starting with PC and is well equipped to address the complex challenge of cloud game-streaming.

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With data centers in 54 Azure regions and services available in 140 countries, Azure has the scale to deliver a great gaming experience for players worldwide, regardless of their location.

According to the report, the controllers featured in the Microsoft patent may make Project xCloud more attractive to smartphone gamers.

Sarang Sheth, a designer from Yanko Designs, has mocked up 3D concepts of the device using the patent which was filed last month.

“It’s pretty certain that Microsoft isn’t just taking on Google’s Stadia with its own Cloud-based gaming service, but is also going gung-ho into the hardware side of things too, with detachable controllers you can clip to your phone for the most portable Xbox experience ever imagined!” Sheth wrote in a blog post.

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According to a report in Digital Trends late Sunday, the patent shows “a charging device for removable input modules. Pixabay

Two controller-halves clip onto either side of the phone, turning it into a handheld gaming console, complete with everything you need to play Xbox’s signature titles.

“Designed for immersive landscape gaming, the controllers come with two flippers that hold your phone gently but securely from the sides, while memory-foam pads make sure they don’t press any buttons,” Sheth added.

These side flippers are ideal for phones with no bezel, because this makes sure the controllers don’t overlap the screen from the left or right.

“Both halves of the controllers connect to your phone via Wi-Fi to deliver a seamless gaming experience that’s absolutely lag-free. They even come with their own speaker units that deliver gameplay audio in stereo,” he wrote.

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The Xbox Cloud controllers have their own headphone jack too, with support for wireless headsets and earphones as well. (IANS)