Re: Re: Re: mobile spectrometer (10/05/14 20:23:33)
Personal analytical instruments already exist in the shape of breath analyzers for alcohol, glucose meters, anticoagulant monitoring, lactic acid for sporters, beta hydroxy butyric acid for diabetes patients with poor control, cholesterol meters. All these methods are single-channel methods based on biological detection, usually enzymes. Ah yes, then we have the pregnancy tests, which are antibody-based.
Spectrometers and chromatographs are - AFAIK - not yet ripe for the consumer market. The existing gadgets such as glucometers are complex enough - electronically
and chemically - and a chromatograph or spectrometer will be worse. But I'm sure one of those will go along with the first travellers to Mars.
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