February 23, 2009: UK-based Applied Nanodetectors Ltd brought a prototype of a mobile phone that doubles as a disease detector to the recent International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference in Japan, according to a report by Nikkei Electronics.
The prototype, according to the report, is a handset manufactured by Finland-based Nokia Corp. that contains an Applied Nanodetectors chip that can detect various diseases from the user’s breath.
According to Nikkei, the chip determines the composition of the user’s breath and tabulates the density of each gas. By matching the results with characteristics of various diseases, it can detect diseases. The matching process is similar to fingerprint matching, Victor Higgs, the company’s managing director, told Nikkei.
The company claims the mobile device can detect asthma, diabetes, lung cancer and food poisoning, the report said.