Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Real Nose: Interesting Article involving Luca Turin and MIT

According to the Perfumer & Flavorist magazine, Flexitral Inc. and MIT will be in collaboration to Create the “Real Nose”.
"Flexitral Inc. (Chantilly, Virginia) will provide a principal investigator, founder Luca Turin, to the MIT RealNose project funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). According to DARPA, “The key to the program concept is that by simulating the entire mammalian olfactory system (from air intake to pattern recognition), revolutionary detection capabilities will be created. The primary goal is to create a more advanced model of the e-nose, one that can detect specific substances at increased distances and with higher accuracy (essentially, to be as reliable as a dog).” The program will utilize Turin’s well-publicized “vibration” theory of olfaction".

The full article appeared on the Jan 14th issue of Perfumer & Flavorist magazine.


  1. Ah, interesting. I'd heard that Luca was coming to MIT, and this explains why. Now, if only we can figure out how to get him to go perfume-sniffin' with us here in Boston...

  2. How do you find perfume and flavorist? Do you think I would be able to enjoy without any scientific training? Kx

  3. J- if you DO, call me, for goodness' sake !
    MIT and LT- a match made in heaven.
    And right across the Charles...

    Thanks, honey.
    Hope your Vday was lovely !

  4. Dear J,

    I believe this has been in the works for sometime now indeed.
    If you go perfume-sniffin' you should let us on on what you all choose! :-)

  5. Dear K,

    it's a publication of general interest to which one can subscribe, it's not solely restricted to technical aspects, although some of them do run the technical part a bit. It's directed at the industy more than the casual reader. If interested the info is on their site, so plain to see for all.

  6. Dear I,

    thanks for chimming in! I would love to be able to be a fly on the wall and see you all there, sniffing and comparing and talking.
    Vday was good, thank you, and I did get to give some perfume too! :-) Trust yours was also highly fragrant!


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