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Along with a great community of industry experts and researchers, SmartNanotubes Technologies shares the vision of digital smell recognition. Our goal is to enable digital smell recognition in a fast and easy way and help our customers to develop product solutions for their own smell and gas detection applications.
Our products are the results of the combined efforts of a multidisciplinary team of developers and industry experts with expertise in physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, bioengineering, software development, industrial engineering, marketing and business development. Over the years we have worked together sharing the same vision for smell recognition.
Dr. Viktor Bezugly
Dr. Birte Sönnichsen
Head of Production
Marketing & Sales
2010 – 2013
basic research on nanomaterials
2013 – 2020
nanomaterial development and gas sensing r&d
APR 2017 – DEC 2019
- 1st prototyping of electronics for Si-chips, for the chips on foils
- 1st software version
- 1st cooperation partner
- 1st patent granted
Jun 2019 – Jan 2020
Presentation of 1st prototypes at Sensor + Test exhibitions:
- CES Las Vegas
- NanoTech Tokyo
1st prototype of fully printed Smell iX16 detector chip
foundation of SmartNanotubes Technologies GmbH
Aug 2020 – Jan 2021
Smell Inspector prototype A development and production
Closing of Seed Round
Smell Inspector launches on Kickstarter!
Feb 2021 – May 2021
hardware and software testing, improvements, production and testing of prototype B
Oct 2021 – Feb 2022
first commercial production of Smell Inspector and Smell iX16
Delivery of first product Smell Inspector developer kit to customers and release of Smell Annotator
Closing of Round A Financing
A big thank you to our investors. With their continued support we are able to bring forward our vision of smell digitization.
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We’ve reached the next big milestone at SmartNanotubes Technologies.
As of today, we have shipped all Smell Inspector Developer Kits from customer pre-orders! The last year since the start of our Kickstarter campaign has been incredibly rich in experience for us.Read more
Disruptive smell sensor chip startup SmartNanotubes raises € 2.4M Series A
2 February 2022. SmartNanotubes Technologies, a German startup that has developed the world’s first micro power multi-channel gas detector chip for the mass market, has raised € 2.4 million in its Series A funding round. Lead investors are Cottonwood Technology Fund and duotec GmbH.Read more
Digital nose: deep tech start-up SmartNanotubes plans to use world’s firsts smell detector chip for mass market applications
Dresden, Germany, Sept. 08, 2022 – SmartNanotubes Technologies, a German start-up has developed the world’s first highly energy-efficient multi-channel gas detector chip “Smell iX16” for the mass market. The company plans to use its technology in networked IoT systems and smart home devices. The chip is much more sensitive, smaller and energy efficient compared to any product on the market. In addition, Smell iX16 is significantly less expensive and can be manufactured in larger quantities. The chip is used in a plug-in module with 64 channels developed by SmartNanotubes, the “Smell Board iX16x4”. Applications include leak detection and the protection against hazardous gases, intelligent fire prevention, network-assisted healthcare and indoor air quality monitoring. The novel technology enables tremendous scalability. “Our development has reached the stage where we can produce tens of thousands of sensors next year,” says Viktor Bezugly, CEO & Co-Founder of SmartNanotubes Technologies.
Game changer in the gas sensor market
SmartNanotubes’ smell recognition technology is similar to the receptors in the human nose in terms of the principle of smell detection. Also in the human nose the odor is defined by a reaction pattern of the various receptors. SmartNanotubes’ carbon nanotube-based sensors stand out from other gas sensor arrays, they are highly sensitive, energy efficient, compact and cost-effective. SmartNanotubes Technologies is a game changer in the gas sensor market,its sensors can detect odors and complex gas mixtures, while conventional gas sensor technology focuses on single gases.
The world’s first odor database
SmartNanotubes is buildung a database of smells that will enable machine smelling. The “Smell Inspector” developer kit offered by SmartNanotubes also includes the specially developed AI-based “Smell Annotator” software. “With Smell Inspector, we enable
developers, researchers and tinkerers to submit their use cases to us in the form of measurement data that they feed into our database,” says Dr. Birte Sönnichsen, COO & Co-Founder of SmartNanotubes Technologies. “We are very happy about the progress we have made so far and the many international customers who already purchased our developer kit. Together with the community, we are building the world’s first database of smells and can’t wait to establish smart odor sensing internationally in this way,” Sönnichsen continued. The more data fed into the AI software, the better it will learn to identify smells of individual substances, even in different compositions.
The start-up SmartNanotubes Technologies was founded in summer 2020 by Dr. Viktor Bezugly and Dr. Birte Sönnichsen together with two other
colleagues in Freital near Dresden as a spin-off of the Life Science Incubator Saxony. With his team, Bezugly had previously spent several years on the development of a smell detector chip based on nanomaterials. The sensor elements contain finely tuned nanomaterials that make the technology highly sensitive, energy-efficient, compact and cost-effective. SmartNanotubes’ smell detectors can detect single gases, smells and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Applications range from environmental and security applications to home and industrial safety, wearables and IoT lifestyle products. The multi-channel sensor module can be easily integrated into various devices. The company is also developing the
AI-based Smell Annotator software, which provides customers with access to the company’s proprietary database of smells. Series A and seed funding for the startup was secured by the internationally investing Cottonwood Technology Fund, German electronics manufacturer
duotec, Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Sachsen, Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen, TU Dresden Aktiengesellschaft, LSI Pre-Seed Fonds and a private business angel.