Startups Introducing E-Nose Using Olfactory Technology – An Add-On In Artificial Intelligence

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What if we say that your computer can smell and save you from many things such as Covid, overcooked food, etc? We have already witnessed how science and tech experts have made the gadgets that can see, speak and hear, now these experts are coming up with digital noses.

You wouldn’t believe it. Yes. It was tough for me as well. But there are people out there in our world who are working on making a gadget able to smell their surroundings. And they are making all this possible through Olfactory technology. 

Through this technology, we will be able to identify and sniff out chemicals and biohazards that could be deployed in a terrorist threat. Companies are working on “smell sensors,” which can identify air particles and determine whether or not they pose a threat to human life.

Let’s understand the olfactory, it is an essential part of human physiology. The olfactory system has a long evolutionary history and is an important aspect of human physiology. Despite the fact that humans are less reliant on chemosensory input than other mammals, the olfactory function is still important for health and behavior. 

The olfactory system’s functions include detecting risks in the environment, generating emotions of pleasure, supporting proper nourishment, affecting sexuality, and maintaining mood, among others.

According to a source. The human tongue can detect only four basic taste sensations that are sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. The Sense of Smell is responsible for all other tastes. The researches to make products better are conducted by many, and they have come up with breakthrough results.

Some of the companies that are working on and with olfactory technology are:


Koniku makes machines that help Security, Military, and Agriculture setups. The company has developed an Odor surveillance system named Konikore that is based on chemical sensing technology. Konikore helps us the way the sniffer dogs do. It helps in determining the readines, quality inspection, and preventing rotting spread in agriculture setup. And track and trace explosive particles in military setups.

In an interview article by Don Reisinger, ‘Koniku founder Oshiorenoya Agabi said “What we do is we take biological cells, either Hek cells or astrocytes — brain cells — and we genetically modify them to have olfactory receptors.” Agabi told Financial Times. “You wake up in the morning, you breathe on our device… and we are analyzing, in a longitudinal fashion, your state of health. That is one of our big visions.” (sic)


Sensigent is working on a breath screening test for coronavirus infection, along with a number of other companies. The company’s expertise includes Chemical sensing, algorithm development, radiological sensing, including multi-sensor data fusion, and networked sensor systems. 

Sensigent serves many sectors such as Petrochemical, food and beverage, chemical, packaging materials, pet food, plastics, environmental monitoring, pulp and paper, medical research, and many more sectors use our goods. 

Scentsational Technologies

ScentSational provides cutting-edge ambient scenting systems for small and large places, utilizing a wide range of stock or custom-made Signature Scents in small to huge scent settings. The company has risen to become one of the top 10 scent technology companies, according to Zion Market Research’s “Digital Scent Technology Market to 2027 – Global Analysis and Forecasts” report. 

They create custom scents in a variety of enticing scents to increase sales, improve perceptions of value, uplift moods, increase dwell time, mask unpleasant odors, and provide a positive mood-changing environment. 

Roboscientific Limited

Roboscientific is the industry expert in non-invasive illness and infestation detection in a diversity of live organisms. Using the company’s bespoke sensors and proprietary software, it has produced the next generation of sensors and sensor arrays, as well as rapid and accurate analysis. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are used to assess the health of the animal, flock of birds, or crop under observation.

Every living being emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which change in response to changes in its environment. Roboscientific Limited determines when an item’s state changes by constantly monitoring the scent it emits and then identifies the reason for the change by analyzing the type and combination of VOCs they detect.


Aryballe’s digital olfaction solutions include biosensors, silicon photonics, and machine learning. The digital capture and production of aromas are referred to as digital olfaction. It stimulates the process by which our brains recognize and differentiate between scents, much like our sense of smell.

Odor has such a tremendous influence on consumer behavior and perceptions of quality. Human noses provide adequate information about odor intensity and perception; yet, there is a lot of variance in how a smell is described by the human sense of smell, especially when it comes to malodor/unpleasant aromas, which can elicit powerful emotional responses. The odor linked with the emotional reaction is recognized, not the odor itself.

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