COVID-sniffing robots offer a testing alternative, startup bets

BLOOMBERG – A biotechnology start-up called Koniku is trying to develop robots that could sniff out COVID-19 infections faster than conventional testing.

The technology fuses neurons with a silicon chip to create a “smell cyborg” capable of detecting scents ranging from explosives to pathogens.

Koniku’s first clinical trial began three weeks ago and will examine samples from patients tested for COVID-19 to compare how well the smell-bot detects the virus compared with traditional methods. Small internal trials have already demonstrated that it can accurately detect the presence of influenza A.

More details on Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin