The head of Bell Labs, the U.S.-based research institute affiliated with
Lucent Technologies, predicts technical innovations will bring cell phones that
identify their owners by smell. Jeong Kim, who took Bell Labs reins a year ago,
made the remarks on Monday during a keynote speech at a seminar in Seoul aimed
at delving into the convergence of trend and innovation. Indeed, efforts are
underway at Bell Labs to develop a highly-sensitive electronic nose with Quantum
Cascade Laser, the unique material invented by several of Bell Labs researchers
in 1994. “A smell has properties. The dog can identify you in the darkness
through the smells by analyzing them. The dog has a good sense of smell,’’ Kim
said. “By analyzing the properties, an electronic nose can smell. Your cell
phone can identify you through the smell,’’ the 45-year-old said.

The head of Bell Labs, the U.S.-based research institute affiliated with
Lucent Technologies, predicts technical innovations will bring cell phones that
identify their owners by smell. Jeong Kim, who took Bell Labs reins a year ago,
made the remarks on Monday during a keynote speech at a seminar in Seoul aimed
at delving into the convergence of trend and innovation. Indeed, efforts are
underway at Bell Labs to develop a highly-sensitive electronic nose with Quantum
Cascade Laser, the unique material invented by several of Bell Labs researchers
in 1994. “A smell has properties. The dog can identify you in the darkness
through the smells by analyzing them. The dog has a good sense of smell,’’ Kim
said. “By analyzing the properties, an electronic nose can smell. Your cell
phone can identify you through the smell,’’ the 45-year-old said.