How do we measure an odor? It's a question that probably never crossed your mind, and honestly, it does not seem strange to us. Aryballe, a digital olfactory startup based in France, has been trying to answer this question for the past six years. The company has developed a digital nose capable of detecting odors and characterizing them in a way that can be mapped, visualized and compared.
It achieves this through a unique combination of biochemistry and semiconductor technology that mimics the human sense of smell, in particular through a combination of biochemical sensors, optical and machine learning technology that act as its olfactory bulb. brain.
Aryballe has recently attracted the interest of various sectors such as food manufacturers, car companies and home appliance manufacturers. A recent round of financing led by Samsung Ventures and the French Groupe SEB closed at 7 million euros ($ 8,2 million), which means that to date financing of Aryballe amounts to EUR 17 million.
NeOse Pro mimics the human sense of smell by binding odor molecules to biosensors, which act as receptors on the human olfactory bulb. Once a scent is recorded, Aryballe software analyzes it and compares it to a library of other scents collected by platform.
Aryballe had to build this scent library from scratch. There are now more than 500 scents in its database, ranging from the smell of new cars and cigarette smoke to strawberries and coffee.
Digital Odor presents a widely untapped market for the few companies that are starting to deal with sector. In addition to quality control for raw materials, the digital nose could be used by cafes that want to improve the coffee they offer or integrate into smart devices for the kitchen. Digital nozzles could also inhale fuel leaks and engine problems. cars.
When it comes to coffee, Sam Guilaumé, CEO of Aryballe, explains that digital olfactory is a method coffee makers can use to satisfy even the most demanding customers, focusing on high quality quality.
Digital odor allows coffee companies to characterize and control a critical part of coffee: the smell. As it turns out, this is especially difficult when the coffee is powdered - like instant coffee.
The fact that the manufacturers of home appliances and cookware are interested in this technology indicates where the specific market will be directed. The food spoilers in your fridge and the automated kitchen helpers that will evaluate your cooking skills, even the quality of the ingredients you use is sure to improve with the digital nose user.