Oshi Agabi, the founder of a Nigerian start-up, invented a chip which can smell explosives and possibly even cancer cells, according to reports. The device is called Koniku Kore and was recently unveiled during the TEDGlobal conference held in Tanzania.
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Oshi Agabi went on to offer further details about his invention and the elements which inspired him in its creation. He grew up in a Nigeria, in Lagos’s suburb of Surulere but is now based in Silicon Valley.
Agabi presented the Koniku Kore as being the first device to fuse into a silicon chip live neurons coming from mice stem cells.
According to the inventor, “We merged synthetic neurobiology with traditional silicon technology with the goal of fixing urgent real world problems.”
Agabi considers that this device could one day revolutionize airport security. This was presented as coming to a degree that travelers could even directly “walk from their car to the aircraft.”
The device is based on the fact that explosives have and leave smells and particles which can be sniffed out. Thanks to this silicon chip, these could be smelled without being in the direct line of sight or even contact.
The device can be used to scan people or baggage at “a place of your own choosing”.
It was suggested that this device might also be capable of sniffing out disease, not unlikely the way in which dogs are already doing it. It can do so thanks to its sensory system, which can reportedly be replicated on this chip.
The start-up founded by Agabi also has one very set and declared role, that of building a brain. Still, the company is looking at a more urgent problem right now, that of security.
In the Nigerian Yoruba language, Koniku means “immortal”.
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