Airbus will test the first biosensors to detect bombs at airports
Airbus will test a new type of sensors «electronic nose», which detect the presence of nearby explosives using modified biological cells.
Jellyfish-shaped device developed by startup Koniku, performs the function of a specially trained sniffer dog. The company plans to start placing them in airport corridors from the end of 2020..
The biosensor is based on silicon processors integrated with living cells, which can detect the presence of certain chemicals in the air, because they actually breathe them. For this, the Koniku team uses embryonic cells or astrocytes, which, after genetic modifications, turn into olfactory receptors..
According to the developers, these sensors can be configured to search for not only chemical, but also biological threats, such as dangerous viruses.
In addition to safety, odors also affect ride comfort, which is why Ford is developing a sensor to determine the range and strength of odors in the car.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Koniku