ITS Researchers’ Novel Device Can Detect COVID-19 from Sweat Odor

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Prof. Drs. Ec. Ir. Riyanarto Sarno, M.Sc. Ph.D., a professor from the Department of Informatics Engineering, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) and his team, consisted of ITS post-graduate students have developed the i-nose c-19, the world’s first device that can detect COVID-19 through axillary sweat odor.

This innovation obtained development support from the government after being presented in front of Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Research and Technology/Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency, in Jakarta, on January 19, 2021.

The i-nose c-19 has several advantages compared to other detection devices. It provides the sampling and processing system in one device so that the result will come out faster than any other detection devices.

It is equipped with a feature known a Near Field Communication (NFC), which means that the users only need to scan their e-KTP on this device to input their personal data. The use of cloud as a storage system allows the results to be integrated with the patients, doctors, hospitals, laboratories, and public.

Lastly, the i-nose c-19 is also easy-to-use and inexpensive. Prof. Ryan revealed that the i-nose c-19 was the result of four-year research which was later optimized in wake of the COVID-19 since last March 2019.

Currently, the i-nose c-19 has passed the phase one clinical trials. Ryan hopes that the i-nose c-19 can be distributed to the public no later than the next three months.