These KoniKore devices use live brain neurons fused to a silicon chip to “smell” compounds in the air, such as pathogens, cancer cells, and explosives. The genius of this innovation lies in how these devices convert a life-form signal from a programmed neuron into a digital message. In other words, you can give the neurons in the sensors a particular instruction, such as sniffing out threats in an airport or “tasting” food for quality assurance. The living cells inside are bathed in a nutrient-rich microfluidics chamber, sampling air from the surrounding environment.

Designed by: Dan Harden, IDSA and Cole Derby of Whipsaw, Inc. for Koniku

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