Apple Is Developing A Tech With Which Your Iphone Can Detect Poison

Harin - Jan 29, 2019


Apple Is Developing A Tech With Which Your Iphone Can Detect Poison

Besides other health benefits that an Apple device can provide, the Cupertino giant is reportedly working on a tech with which your iPhone can detect poison.

Apple devices can keep track of your health by monitoring your heart rate and counting your steps. However, the company is working on a poison detecting technology with which you can stay even healthier.

Last Thursday, Patently Apple revealed a patent application of Apple for a miniature sensor was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. With this patent, devices like the iPhones, MacBooks, and Apple Watches could perform poisonous gases detection. This is a prominent sign showing that Apple is heading to a dystopian future.

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The patent was filed back in July 2017. And according to the patent, each sensor will be equipped with an electrode lineup on a silicon surface. Above the electrodes is a “gas-sensing layer." And on top of that is a permeable layer that would filter out gases. By doing this, only the allowed gas will be let in.

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Apple's patent for its Apple Watches

People may ask what kind of gases that the device would detect, a few have been listed in the license which includes methane, sulfur dioxide, and CO (carbon monoxide) - the tasteless, odorless gas that takes away over 400 lives of Americans each year while sending 20,000 to the ER.

With this patent, it seems like the Cupertino giant is preparing for what might happen in the future. Ultimately, there’s no other use for these sensors besides helping avoid disasters.

Previously this week, Motherboard reported that Apple filed a document to CDP which is an organization that evaluates the environmental impact of companies. As stated in the filing, Apple believes that people would rely on their devices in case of catastrophe.

What the company envisions is that customers would be utilizing their iPhones as sirens and flashlights when disasters happen. Moreover, their devices would be handy if they need emergency aid instructions.

If this scenario unfolds like Apple’s vision, it would be useful to have a phone that could direct you to the closest shelter while the hurricane rages outside.

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