Nuuma is a tiny nano-based sensor being designed to detect airborne gases at the parts-per-billion (ppb). Imagine Nuuma as a “digital nose” for mobile devices, with potential consumer and professional uses ranging from testing indoor/outdoor air quality to early disease detection to homeland security. The nano-sensors are being designed to be miniaturized (as small as 5mm by 5mm), low-power, high-density, and capable of detecting multiple gases.
At the consumer level, once developed we envision users with specific health issues such as asthma, stroke, lung cancer, respiratory diseases or heart disease, using our technology to better monitor the air surrounding them. By reducing exposure to air pollution levels, we believe Nuuma could help reduce the burden of these diseases. Potential professional uses include helping to detect gas leaks, monitoring the exposure of workers and others to airborne chemicals, monitoring environmental pollution, detecting chemicals commonly used in improvised explosive devices and detecting food contamination or food spoilage.