Aryballe, the French startup that makes a “digital nose,” today announced a new version of its odor detection sensor. The company claims the new sensor is high-volume, lower cost and small enough to be built into consumer appliances.
The new sensor is smaller than a paperclip and is equipped with Aryballe’s proprietary combination of biosensors, which capture odors in seconds. Aryballe’s software then matches the signals captured with a database of previously collected and analyzed odors to mimic the human sense of smell.
Use cases for Aryballe’s digital nose in the kitchen include the ability for an oven to “smell” when food is about to burn and automatically shut off, or in your fridge to notify you when food is spoiling or at peak ripeness. Taking it one step further, the fridge could then automatically add food you need to replace to a grocery shopping list.
Aryballe debuted its handheld, standalone NeOse Pro device at CES back in 2018. In July of last year the company raised a €6.2 million Series B round led by International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), and at that time the company said miniaturization for consumer devices was on its roadmap for 2020.
In today’s press announcement, Aryballe said that its new sensor will be shown at CES this week, and available later this year with the first samples shipping in Q2.
Aryballe isn’t the only digital nose on display at CES this year. Stratuscent‘s eNose, which uses chemical sensors, artificial intelligence and is based on NASA patents, will be demonstrated at the show as well.