Linda L. Leake

Electronic noses and tongues constitute a young technology and an industry in flux, according to Murat Balaban, Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Florida, Gainesville. The flux part focuses on the rise and fall of key players in a relatively short time. The Fox electronic nose, an odor and flavor analyzer with 6–18 sensors, utilizes data treatment software that provides easy-to-understand quality control charts, radar plots, and other outputs.

"The company I purchased my first e-nose from in 1993 changed names three times by 1999," Balaban says. "New technology brings promotions that go overboard. Companies can’t keep promises, word gets out, and weake…

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