Today, Apple has been granted a patent that allows it to build future iPhones and Apple watches in such a way that they will be able to detect poisonous gases and carbon monoxide (CO). The patent says that these future Apple products are going to have built-in sensors that would help them detect any sign of poisonous gas, especially CO near them. Carbon monoxide is considered to be one of the most dreadful gases that is injurious to health. It is often dubbed as a silent killer, because it is odorless and tasteless, one cannot be aware if they are inhaling it but once that happens it can severely affect your health.
Apple just might incorporate IP68 water-resistance on iPhone and Apple Watch with this framework in mind. However, it is probably not ingraining a physical gas sensor into its device that requires another physical chassis opening.
PatentlyApple said, “Apple’s patent claim #9 points to a “target gas consisting of at least one of ozone (O.sub.3), nitrogen dioxide (NO.sub.2), nitrogen monoxide (NO), sulfur dioxide (SO.sub.2), carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH.sub.4), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and wherein the components of a gas mixture other than the target gas comprises poisoning species including siloxanes, sulfates, phosphates and chlorides, and/or interfering species such as water vapor.” The patent shows diagrams of a “miniature gas sensing device encased in an enclosure.”
Talking about the enclosure, Apple Watch is being used in the patent demonstration. Speaking of air cleansing, such a technology has been adopted in the past to make air healthier around human beings. For example, smart air-purifiers launched by Tesla have special HEPA filter for its vehicles, opening the possibility for “Bioweapon Defense” filtration mode. Guilherme Rambo pointed out how your own IoT smoke detector with an Arduino circuit board, Apple Watch can have gas-detecting abilities. However, this is only possible if gas water-resistance is not impaired.
Before being implemented, water-resistant smoke detectors will require a lot of shrinking because they are generally bulky. So, it is going to take sometime before we see Apple Watch and iPhone being upgraded with this new technology that seems to be taken out of a sci-fi novel.