How future iPhones may even detect biohazards

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25 Jan 2019

Future iPhones may even detect biohazards: Here's how

Apple iPhones and Watches are good at health tracking; they can help you monitor sleep, steps, even heart rate.

But, as it seems, Apple wants to go beyond personal health and make its devices capable of detecting biohazards.

Sounds hard to believe? Well, the Cupertino giant has actually been granted a patent for a tech capable of doing exactly that.

Here's more about it.

Patent details

Sensors to detect poisonous gases

Sensors to detect poisonous gases

The patent, unearthed by the folks at Patently Apple, hints that Apple is exploring the idea of sensors which could detect poisonous gases in the air.

They could be integrated with future iPhones, watches, and smart home devices to issue alerts as and when a user would enter in the proximity of harmful gases, especially those that are hard to sense.

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Benefit

These miniature sensors could save lives

With the ability to detect poisonous gases, these miniature sensors could prove greatly beneficial in staying away from potential biohazards.

As Patently Apple explains, they could come with enhanced poisoning resistance and reduced signal interference to help detect colorless, tasteless and odorless gases, like Carbon Monoxide (CO), at home, work or other public spaces.

Carbon Monoxide's threat

Carbon Monoxide is regarded as one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning due to its undetectable nature. It is a product of combustion of organic matter in presence of insufficient oxygen and can lead to death within minutes if inhaled in high amount.

Launch

No word on the integration of this tech

No word on the integration of this tech

Mini gas sensors could prove extremely useful in saving lives in India and in other parts of the world.

The idea also falls in line with Tim Cook's claim that Apple's future work in personal health will be its greatest contribution to mankind.

But, as of now, there's no word on when we might see a technology like this on a real Apple device.

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When this technology will come?

Asked 2019-01-25 12:17:00 by Vihaan Singh

Answered by NewsBytes

As of now, this is just a patent, but if Apple goes ahead with its integration with a future iPhone or Apple Watch.

Will this technology come on other phones?

Asked 2019-01-25 12:17:00 by Shreya Balasubramanium

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As of now, no phone is in the line to get a tech like this.

When will Apple launch iPhone XI?

Asked 2019-01-25 12:17:00 by Rishika Rao

Answered by NewsBytes

If Apple's previous launch timeline is anything to go by, the iPhone XI will come sometime around September 2019.

When will Galaxy S10 launch?

Asked 2019-01-25 12:17:00 by Pranav Pawar

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Samsung Galaxy S10 is expected to launch at an Unpacked event on February 20.

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