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Your iPhone Will Soon Detect Bad Breath

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the smell-bad dept.

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Julie188 writes "A tiny San Francisco startup, Adamant Technologies, is trying to give your iPhone a sense of smell and taste.. The company has created a computer chip that works with a bunch of tiny sensors to digitize these senses. The first app planned is a consumer device that plugs into an iPhone and detects bad breath."

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*my* iPhone?? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495587)

I don't have an iPhone and never will.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (5, Interesting)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495745)

Neither do I, but I'm interested in a usable 2,000 chemical sensor package for under $100.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

jkrise (535370) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495789)

" I'm interested in a usable 2,000 chemical sensor package for under $100."

It would come bundled with a $1,000 iPhone, with proprietary software interfaces and apps as well. Totally unusable as a sensor package for a hobbyist.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (2)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495893)

I don't see where that's the case.

Article says a $100 add-on, and their fancy sensors-on-a-chip are meant to be used with phones, PC's, and medical devices.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496207)

Then why the fuck the headline says 'iphone'?

iPhone fist ... (2)

perpenso (1613749) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496381)

Article says a $100 add-on, and their fancy sensors-on-a-chip are meant to be used with phones, PC's, and medical devices.

Then why the fuck the headline says 'iphone'?

Because a sensor-on-a-chip is not a commercial product. A gizmo that plugs into a phone is. Such a gizmo targeting an iPhone may simply be the first such product. Numerous sources indicate that Android users are less prone to spend money than iPhone users so it makes sense to target iPhone first, or maybe even only. I lean towards iPhone first not iPhone only. By the time you have an iPhone product that R&D is a sunk cost and the Android version may be justified on the incremental cost to get such a version.

Re:iPhone fist ... (3, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year and a half ago | (#42497445)

We have warned you in the past about being sensible, using correct sentences and failing to indulge in logical fallacies.

Please don't let it happen again.

Or else we shall be forced to indulge in an automobile analogy at your expense.

Re:iPhone fist ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42499233)

It's OK, he said "iPhone fist". That makes up for the content.

Re:iPhone fist ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42500159)

> Numerous sources indicate that Android users are less prone to throw away money than iPhone users

FTFY

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496711)

Then why the fuck the headline says 'iphone'?

Because they couldn't fit the whole article in the headline. Sometimes you have to read it.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496333)

"Article says a $100 add-on,..."

I thought it would be:

Siri, how's my breath?
You're a real stinker, Mister.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495805)

It'll need to be available for Android at a minimum to interest most people who like to tinker.

iPhones are for old people.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (4, Funny)

thrillseeker (518224) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495815)

Well, guess who has bad breath.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42498727)

No app required:

1. Touch your thumb and index finger to each side of your tongue.

2. Rub the fingers together.

3. Smell them after a couple of seconds.

That's your breath at the moment. If you have bad breath, and you share an office with someone, they might even complain and call their wife crying about it. (Doesn't matter that you just ate lunch 10 minutes ago and didn't yet get gum or brush your teeth.) Yep, I saw that happen at Qualcomm, this guy would call his wife everytime his office mate had bad breath or made any silly mistake he could make fun of them for doing.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496467)

Outright retarded statement. Spent the last decade in a cave?

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

DR.F33LG00D (2809487) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496963)

That statement is a total overgeneralization. It's been my experience that people who do like a ton of customization of their phone OS tend to gravitate towards Android. while people who just want something that works well out of the box have iPhones. However, your statement doesn't make sense for this article because iPhones have a very rich ecosystem of applications and hardware addons, which would be of interest to hobbyists who like to "tinker" with innovative products like the one mentioned here. I would venture to say that the iPhone has a better ability in this respect because it is easier to build addons for one piece of hardware than for the many different phones that Android can run on. So, there are more opportunities for hobbyists to get these new innovative addons with an iPhone because developers are going to hit the lowest common denominator, the iPhone, first before moving on to Android support. I think iPhone ownership is more tied to income and social status than anything. With regard to income, it just so happens that older people tend to be able to afford iPhones more often than young people because older people tend to make more money. I work at a software company where most people, whether they be young or old, have an iPhone. At my work where there are a lot of young engineers, most of them own iPhones because they have the income to afford the luxury. Then, there is the group of people that just have to own an iPhone because it is trendy and they want to buy anything Apple, regardless of how much money they make.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

Tough Love (215404) | about a year and a half ago | (#42498491)

Phones are for old people.

That's not true. I was on the train the other day and I noticed that iPhones are for girls and girly men.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (2)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495851)

How long until the first Breath-iLyzer app?

Earlier app will derail Brethalizer (5, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496373)

Well they will plan to make the Brethalyzer app but instead they retire as billionaires from the $3 "rate my fart, bro" app and lose interest.

Re:Earlier app will derail Brethalizer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42497933)

"Its what plants crave!"

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495911)

Somehow I don't think it will be of professional quality.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

puto (533470) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496251)

My nose has been detecting bad breath for the last 43 three years. Should I file a patent on nasal abilities?

Re:*my* iPhone?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496699)

My nose has been detecting bad breath for the last 43 three years. Should I file a patent on nasal abilities?

Only if you can add "on a computer" or "on a mobile device" to your claim. That's the threshold of something old being new and innovative again.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42498841)

I assume he's still mobile

Re:*my* iPhone?? (3, Funny)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about a year and a half ago | (#42498671)

"My nose has been detecting bad breath for the last 43 three years. Should I file a patent on nasal abilities?"

No, but you want to try some mouthwash.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496279)

It can be used to detect alcohol too, and guess who's gonna want an app for that.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

mlookaba (2802163) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496637)

Anyone who wants to make sure they are OK to drive.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42498297)

If you have to ask if you're safe to drive, the answer is no.

Sure! (0)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496313)

And a $2000 two-year contract for limited data, texts and phone minutes?

Re:*my* iPhone?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496527)

Under $100?

Did bots vote this up or is /. really going that far downhill?

Re:*my* iPhone?? (2)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496683)

Neither do I, but I'm interested in a usable 2,000 chemical sensor package for under $100.

Well, you could start with one of these: http://www.conrad.com/Voltcraft-CO-20-USB-Air-Quality-Sensor.htm?websale7=conrad-int&pi=101316 [conrad.com]

I'm about to start writing Android USB support for it, by coincidence. There's a googlable Linux driver with source available, too.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496737)

That's neat. I'd like to see more about the device than is listed in the "details" section.

Good luck on your project, btw.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (3, Interesting)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year and a half ago | (#42497057)

Well, there's more here: http://www.produktinfo.conrad.com/datenblaetter/100000-124999/101316-in-01-de-VOLTCRAFT_CO20_USB_LUFTQUALITAETSFUEHLER.pdf [conrad.com]

How's your German? Otherwise . . . ask the almighty Google . . .

I have one hooked up to a mini-router, flashed with OpenWrt: http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-Portable-802-11n-Wireless-TL-MR3020/dp/B006DEBXD0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357496964&sr=8-1&keywords=tp-link+mr3020 [amazon.com]

It sends messages with the MQTT protocol on to an IBM Intelligent Operations Center. I test it by blowing on it . . . to measure my bad breath(on topic) . . . or I just smoke a Cuban cigar . . . and I take it into meetings . . . when the LED turns red, the meeting has been going too long.

And I learned about the wonders of OpenWrt . . . on Slashdot . . .

Re:*my* iPhone?? (1)

ankhank (756164) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496957)

And for the iPhart 10 model, it'll incorporate a tiny 3-D printer that will replicate the model it detects, so you can send and receive smells.

Re:*my* iPhone?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495903)

I don't have an iPhone and never will.

Which is the obvious indicator that you have no taste. :-)

Re:*my* iPhone?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496533)

Now the real fart apps will come out.

If placed near the asshole... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495607)

and farted on, will it report it as a fart, or just bad breath?

Re:If placed near the asshole... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496237)

Well, most of the iphone users I know don't know the difference between a fart and a breath. So it doesn't really matter.

Re:If placed near the asshole... (1)

davester666 (731373) | about a year and a half ago | (#42497221)

If your case, there is no difference...

Apple lusers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495609)

smell fishy, no need to test.

Re:Apple lusers (2)

LocoMosquito (1767862) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496213)

If smells fishy vibration [turn ON].

Meanwhile the Russians... (2)

spatterson (1879890) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495619)

are handing out gum

Could have used that in a meeting last week (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495623)

A candidate came in for a job interview with breath that could have been used in a torpedo warhead.

Scam (-1, Troll)

p0p0 (1841106) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495625)

It's obviously a fake. All Apple fans are full of shit, so we can guess what their breath may smell like.

Re:Scam (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495713)

It's probably a scam, but iPhone users are hardly full of shit. iPhone users tend to have a higher income, which means they can afford to take care of themselves.

The breath I'm worried about is from discount or prepaid phones.

Re:Scam (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496319)

It's probably a scam, but iPhone users are hardly full of shit. iPhone users tend to have a higher income, which means they can afford to take care of themselves.

If you can't understand a simple idiomatic English phrase, maybe you shouldn't be posting on an English forum.

Re:Scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42500599)

It's probably a scam, but iPhone users are hardly full of shit. iPhone users tend to have a higher income, which means they can afford to take care of themselves.

Yes, all of the hood rats with iphones sure are taking care of themselves. Go cut your balls off AppleFag.

Re:Scam (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495737)

I like how if this comment were about linux you'd be modded down to hell by now. Bravo sir.

But can you still get tasered... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495641)

...for your bad taste in New Hampshire is the question.

What happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495643)

if you fart on it?

Re:What happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495683)

if you fart on it?

(Cr)apple will be happy to ship out a replacement, for only $1,200.

Adamant Technologies (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495647)

Sounds gay, and so does their product.

iPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495655)

I haven't got an iPhone you insensitive clod!

Re:iPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495923)

Shit breath!

Siri says: "Your breath is over the alcohol..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495697)

"...limit and your location is within 5 feet of your vehicle, this will be reported"

Isn't it enough cell phones are tracking everyone, the data in them and in the cloud is easily accessible?

Hasn't anyone learned about evil governments like what occurred John McAfee in Belize?

Quit supporting/purchasing this advancement of technology because governments will abuse it to no end, they are not about right and wrong, they are about control and money grabbing.

Imagine a world where your required to get a cell phone to buy and sell, a little pocket policeman to make sure your not doing anything wrong, but in actuality it's monitoring your business, learning about your clients and thus makes it rather easy to steal your business away, like our government did to the home mortgage business.

Re:Siri says: "Your breath is over the alcohol..." (1)

spatterson (1879890) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495909)

Dude, you need to get out of your mom's basement.

Re:Siri says: "Your breath is over the alcohol..." (1)

hackula (2596247) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496089)

And it all leads back to mother fucking reptilian humanoids

Simple solution to that. (1)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496439)

Don't drink and drive. You might live longer too.

Next big thing on the App Store (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495711)

"Who Farted?"

It gives a whole new meaning to (1)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496447)

"he who smelt it dealt it".

Apple fanboyz don't... (0)

dugjohnson (920519) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495781)

Apple fanboyz don't have bad breath...they're too cool for that.

Re:Apple fanboyz don't... (1)

AmazingRuss (555076) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496807)

That's left for the fanboids...

Not terribly useful for this crowd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495791)

Now if it detected smelly dildos, you guys would be set.

Bet it'll do alcohol too... (2)

Lorens (597774) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495819)

portable breathalyzer App upcoming

Re:Bet it'll do alcohol too... (1)

sdnoob (917382) | about a year and a half ago | (#42497585)

a lot of people need that.. but not just for driving.... for keeping them from texting, twitting or posting pics while drunk.

Re:Bet it'll do alcohol too... (1)

hawk (1151) | about a year and a half ago | (#42499557)

Already exists in a phone-sized unit for about $100.

hawk

This is GENIUS. (3, Interesting)

Seumas (6865) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495825)

Get everyone to install it on the premise that "it'll help you detect if you have bad breath". Make it sensitive enough that it can also detect traces of explosives, chemicals used to produce meth and other drugs, gunpowder, and so on. When it does, call home with the geolocation of the individual and full report of chemicals detected. Maybe force it to take a few snapshots and some audio recording of the user and their surroundings, without alerting them with any type of notifications. You don't need to make citizens spy on each other, because they'll gladly spy on themselves! :D

This is a gas. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496433)

Wonderful! Now all you farters can be put on the EPA's Superfund list.

Re:This is GENIUS. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42497063)

The possibilities are even crazier if you can collect phermone samples. You could set up ePherocity!, a ('wildly' successful) dating service, if you can identify people's scent preferences and make sure their 1st date is properly timed to coincide with the woman's ovulation cycle. Then, once they're paired, you could offer The Ovul8tor! to help ensure successful breeding, or the Fidelit8tor! to deter 'parallel monogamy'.

The tech could be great for outing political fundamentalist hyprocrits who drink, smoke, screw or transgress their public pledges in any number of ways. And if the tech could be pushed onto someone's phone, virally, there could be _hit storm of biblical proportions. We wouldn't have to wait for allegations or charges, the smells could speak for themselves!

B-)

Re:This is GE.. No it's not but it's a 6th sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42498735)

It's not at all "Genius", this is something that's been talked about for a few years now.

So now your phone has

1. GPS
2. Magnetic sensors
3. Acceleration sensors
4. Cameras
5. Mikes
6. Chemical sensors

What I wonder will we not know about you??

iFart ? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495849)

iFart?

http://www.youtube.com/user/ifartmobile

You don't need an app (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42495863)

1. Place iPhone in front of face
2. Exhale out of mouth towards phone, then quickly inhale through nose
3. If stinky, then you have bad breath.

You all owe me $1.99 for reading that.

*Does not work with Android phones unless you are a dirty pirate, as they have not paid Apple for the patent. Windows phones will be able to do it next year. Symbian phones have done this since they were made of 2 cans and a piece of string. Blackberry phones have a special breath deflector on the front, but no one cares. Linux phone instructions are available for download as a 3 GB compressed text file.

Iphone DUI tester for novelty use only not certifi (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495875)

Iphone DUI tester for novelty use only not certified for cops / court use.

Iphone DUI is not to be used as guide to see if you are under the limit and cops / court ones are more accurate

Re:Iphone DUI tester for novelty use only not cert (2)

cashman73 (855518) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495907)

For $18, I wouldn't make any bets on the reliability of this one [amazon.com] ,... It's probably much safer to just pay for a cab ride home ... And definitely cheaper than a DUI attorney,... ;-)

Re:Iphone DUI tester for novelty use only not cert (1)

Rockoon (1252108) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496017)

Iphone DUI tester for novelty use only not certified for cops / court use.

It will be used for drinking games.

Bad breath? (5, Funny)

B2382F29 (742174) | about a year and a half ago | (#42495889)

Using an iPhone? At least I can already detect bad taste...

Re:Bad breath? (1)

ElmoGonzo (627753) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496295)

Truly. Why else target the device to iPhone users? Especially since it will need to support old/new connectors.

Pro Tip (1)

JoshRosenbaum (841551) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496123)

Pro-tip: Take care of your mouth. Brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day. In particular get that white/yellow stuff off your tongue, including on the back of it. You may gag a bit at first, but you'll get used to it. Also, floss. 90% of issues fixed. Now garlic and other smells you are on your own.

Re:Pro Tip (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496823)

Pro-tip: Your experience is not the rule. You don't even seem to be aware of the simple, common case of everyday chronic conditions like acid reflux which can complicate the issue considerably, which doesn't really put you in a position where you can cockily dispense advice, Comic Book Guy.

Re:Pro Tip (1)

umghhh (965931) | about a year and a half ago | (#42498451)

and yet majority of healthy adults would be off bad breath after what GP advised. I had numerous adventures with doctors of different type. They put things into my mouth and stomach I was not happy about and yet at the end an old physician told me the same GP seems to know - the biggest problem is your tongue. Then the food remains between your teeth. and at the edges of stone buildup on your teeth (unless you do not have any). It does miracles to keep your mouth clean. Care is needed tho as too much cleaning can destroy your sense of taste and be painful. If these things do not help go to a doctor and check your stomach or whatever they advice you to do.

Am I missing something? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496183)

Is there some reason why the nose is discounted for detecting bad breath? Is everyone now being born without them?

Its already been done! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496265)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVvFD5JFnP4&list=SPB73276F91DD26C78&index=4

Well kind of

Olfactory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496363)

That's right, you are talking shit on a shit iPhone.

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Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496705)

Finally a phone I would love to piss on.

alcohol detection (1)

um... Lucas (13147) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496781)

Forget bad breath, have the thing detect alcohol on your breath so you know whether or not you're safe to drive and the thing would be a gold mine.

I mean, yes, when you're sloshed obviously you don't drive. But how many times have you been out for dinner and had a drink or two, know you're not tipsy, but still worry what you'd blow if you got pulled over. That's what I mean...

Douchebag Detectors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496785)

Just wait until someone releases an app that detects douchebags and sounds an alarm. Every iPhone will be ringing like crazy.

Let me know ... (1)

slick7 (1703596) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496805)

when it can find an honest politician. Is that an oxymoron?

Re:Let me know ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42496851)

No, thicko. Oxymoron doesn't mean "an unlikely thing".

The Tic-Tac ROI (1)

HycoWhit (833923) | about a year and a half ago | (#42496945)

So how many Tic Tac packs will this thing cost?

Does the company have any rational why I would carry this device and presumably breath mints--instead of just breath mints?

Wouldn't a sane person simply pop in a Tic Tac if they wondered about bad breath versus taking the time to connect a device and run an app?

Re:The Tic-Tac ROI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42498923)

Gum, not breath mints, is the most effective deterrent against bad breath. Peppermint, spearmint, any mint type of gum works fine.

Not a completely new idea.. (3, Informative)

vanuda (1539873) | about a year and a half ago | (#42497289)

I personally have had this idea for about 10-15 years.. But i gave up the idea when Siemens created a small sensor for detecting "bad breath".. And said that one of the reasons was to implement it in a mobile phone so that it should be easy to carry around.. Think it was about 5-10 years ago.. See http://phys.org/news1194.html [phys.org] for one article about this.. Also mentioning "breath" as something interesting to analyze.. It will however have a great sale potential.. Salesmen really would like to know of their breath is ok before visiting a customer.. A young guy would love to know that he has a nice breath before kissing a girl for the first time..;-) Same for the girl of course..

Phone sex... (1)

RedHackTea (2779623) | about a year and a half ago | (#42497351)

...is about to get really interesting!

Further Uses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42497395)

I wonder if it could detect explosives / drugs with a little tweaking and feed millions of results back to the server?

Re:Further Uses? (2)

RedHackTea (2779623) | about a year and a half ago | (#42498163)

That'd be interesting. If it can detect smells beyond human capability and with the write software, we can make it form patterns, trails, etc. like dogs. Then we can even detect if a new foreign smell has been at your house. Also, if you're lost in the woods, you could find your way back; although, there's GPS for that... This could by quite useful for diseases or high levels of Carbon Dioxide or smell your poop and determine unhealthy diet (low in iron), but I bet the hardware isn't up to snuff.

Re:Further Uses? (1)

RedHackTea (2779623) | about a year and a half ago | (#42498169)

right*

Siri: Help me! It stinks in here! (2)

utkonos (2104836) | about a year and a half ago | (#42497701)

Siri: You need to take a shower! It smells like balls in here! Siri: Oh my god! Cover my smell receptor! Why do you have to fart when I'm in your back pocket!

Jesus H Christ (1)

koan (80826) | about a year and a half ago | (#42497995)

You useless wankers hold your hand in front of your mouth ffs.

If you're up to no good this isn't for you at all! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42498701)

The idea for these chemical sensors is to a.) drug test you b.) find out if you're cooking meth or explosives or generally performing "science experiments" at home c.) find out about your health and habits in general. Yes this bitch will also know how many times you bbq in the summer. You sure you want your phone to smell the booze on your breath or the fact that you've been smoking xyz or those pills you dropped (metabolites in your breath)?

No more drunk dials? (1)

rkchang (1011975) | about a year and a half ago | (#42500501)

I'm suspecting that somewhere down the line, this will be used as a breathalyzer to measure alcohol content and thus rid the world of the dreaded drunk dial.
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