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NASA Ames Scientist to Demonstrate Cell Phone Chemical Sensor

Press Release From: Ames Research Center
Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009

image MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - News media are invited to see a demonstration of first-generation laboratory prototypes of new technology that would bring chemical sensing capabilities to cell phones on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 at San Diego State University Regional Technology Center, San Diego, Calif.

Jing Li, a physical scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., along with other researchers working under the Cell-All program in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate, will demonstrate their proofs of concept. Li has developed a device, designed to be plugged in to an iPhone, which collects sensor data and sends it to another phone or a computer via telephone communication network or Wi-Fi.

Cell-All is designed to provide greater chemical detection capabilities in cell phones. Cell phone owners could use their phone's GPS to provide sensor location information to emergency operation centers. While still years from implementation, researchers are working on the proof of concept in cell phones and will provide a look at the state-of-the-science to date.

WHO: Jing Li, physical scientist at NASA Ames, along with researchers from the DHS Science and Technology Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA); Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, Calif.; Rhevision Technology Inc., San Diego; and Seacoast Science, San Diego.

WHAT: Demonstration of first-generation laboratory prototypes of new technology that would bring chemical sensing capabilities to cell phones.

WHEN: 2 p.m. PDT, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009

WHERE: Chemical Sciences Laboratory Building, Room 122, San Diego State University (SDSU) Regional Technology Center, San Diego, Calif. To reach the Chemical Sciences Laboratory Building Take I-8 East to the College Avenue exit, keep in far right lane. Turn into the driveway approximately 50 yards past Canyon Crest Drive and proceed to the Parking Information Booth on your left to obtain parking pass. General Parking is across the street in structure 1. The Chemical Sciences Laboratory Building is on the corner of College Avenue and Canyon Crest Drive.

News media interested in attending, should contact John Verrico, of the DHS at 202-254-2385, john.verrico@dhs.gov, or Golda Akhgarnia, of SDSU Marketing and Communications at 619-594-2585, goldaa@mail.sdsu.edu.

For more information about NASA and its programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov

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