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A new Intel’s computer chip mimics human nose to smell

This new electronic nose draws inspiration from the structure and electrical activity of the brain to distinguish between odors.

Intel electronic nose
credit: INTEL

On Monday, scientists at Intel’s Neuromorphic Computing Lab published a paper in Nature that describes a new computer chip design to mimics the architecture and abilities of the human nose. The researchers designed the appropriate electrical circuit onto a silicon chip. The new technology is based on the neural circuits, that activate when the brain process an odor, and an algorithm that processes electrical signals flowing through the circuit.

So, the new Intel’s electronic nose mimics human possibility to smell. The prototype could serve such applications, as bomb sniffing or the detection of noxious chemical fumes. In near future the research team plans to apply the neuromorphic chip to other functions of the human brain like the vision.

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