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Your iPhone Will Soon Detect Bad Breath 114

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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Your iPhone Will Soon Detect Bad Breath

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  • by Anonymous Coward

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

  • are handing out gum
  • Apple fanboyz don't have bad breath...they're too cool for that.
  • by Lorens ( 597774 ) on Sunday January 06, 2013 @12:04PM (#42495819) Journal

    portable breathalyzer App upcoming

  • This is GENIUS. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Seumas ( 6865 ) on Sunday January 06, 2013 @12:05PM (#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

    • Brilliant! Now every gardener and farmer can get a SWAT raid every time they throw fertilizer on their plants. Every swimming pool owner can get a SWAT raid every time they throw chlorine in their pool. Every high school chemistry teacher can get a SWAT raid .. you get the picture. Alerting drug users isn't brilliant either, it's immoral to throw someone in jail for having a few ounces of weed or whatever.
  • iFart ? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward


  • 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

    • For $18, I wouldn't make any bets on the reliability of this one [],... It's probably much safer to just pay for a cab ride home ... And definitely cheaper than a DUI attorney,... ;-)
    • Iphone DUI tester for novelty use only not certified for cops / court use.

      It will be used for drinking games.

  • Bad breath? (Score:5, Funny)

    by B2382F29 ( 742174 ) on Sunday January 06, 2013 @12:13PM (#42495889)
    Using an iPhone? At least I can already detect bad taste...
    • Truly. Why else target the device to iPhone users? Especially since it will need to support old/new connectors.
  • 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.

    • Pro-tip : garlic is very healthy, it helps your immune system, it is even so powerful it can prevent worms in a dog's shit. So, I use it as an alternative to hygiene, and it makes pasta more enjoyable.

  • 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...

  • when it can find an honest politician. Is that an oxymoron?
  • 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?
  • by vanuda ( 1539873 ) on Sunday January 06, 2013 @03:07PM (#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 [] 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..
  • about to get really interesting!
  • by utkonos ( 2104836 ) on Sunday January 06, 2013 @04:03PM (#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!
  • You useless wankers hold your hand in front of your mouth ffs.

  • 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.
  • Measuring bad breath is a toy application. Some of the other applications sound more interesting and valuable to society.

    Measuring (and warning users about) dangerous sound levels would be more useful, and easier to do.

    Put an accurate and precise sound level meter on the IPhone, with history tracking and a mechanism to warn users when they are exposed to overly loud noise for too long.

    Many nightclubs, restaurants, and bands in the USA play music way beyond the levels set by the USA federal government for u

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