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Buyout boosts start-up's IoT infrastructure

28 Jul 2014  | Julien Happich

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Several smartphones are expected to ship next year with built-in temperature/humidity and multi-gas sensors. The Swiss company sees various ambient monitoring scenarios, including applications where consumers could share temperature, humidity, and chemicals detection data for real-time air quality information. The amount of data generated could be very useful for meteorological research too.

As the company develops multi-gas sensors, it could be able to analyse more and more complex signals. It may even be possible to create libraries of recognisable environment patterns for air quality, or known scents to search and match.

Going beyond breath analysis for alcohol testing or bad-breath detection, who knows if in the future a smartphone app could help you identify a perfume, the same way you could use Shazam or SoundHound to recognise music playing around you?

"In principle, if you can close the loop and match complex signals to libraries of patterns, the opportunities for new applications are endless," admitted Orzati.

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