A Nigerian scientist and Silicon Valley-based inventor & CEO of Koniku Kore Inc., Mr. Oshiorenoya Agabi has built a device called “KONIKU KORE”. He said; this device can be used to detect the smell of explosives and cancer cells.
Agabi says ‘the Koniku kore device is the “world first” that is able to breathe in and smell air, being the reason it could detect volatile chemicals and even illness such as cancer. The system is made from a mixture of living neurons from mice stem cells fused into a silicon chip, with sensors that can detect and recognize smell.’ However, the 38-year old inventor who grew up in Lagos had a Bachelors’ degree in Theoretical Physics in Lagos, Nigeria before taking an interest in Neuroscience and Bio-Engineering for his PhD in London. He envisages a future where such device can be discreetly used at various points in airports, eliminating the unnecessary queues to get through airport security. In addition, it can also serve for bomb detection and illness by sensing diseases in the air molecules that a patient gives off. ‘Looking at technology with the goal of fixing urgent world problems, one of the problems that plagues us right now is security, which the koniku kore device could be solving.’
Source: TEDGLOBAL; CNN