Notable innovations produced by Africans in 2017

Fredrick Ngugi Dec 23, 2017 at 12:23am

December 23, 2017 at 12:23 am | Tech & Innovation

Fredrick Ngugi

Fredrick Ngugi | Contributor

December 23, 2017 at 12:23 am | Tech & Innovation

Koniku Kore

Koniku Kore, security and cancer screening device. Photo credit: forbes

Koniku Kore, Nigeria

Created by Osh Agabi, a young Nigerian based in Silicon Valley, Koniku Kore is a screening device that has the capability to detect explosives and cancer cells. It is the first screening device to fuse live neurons from mice stem cells into a silicon chip.

Speaking at a TEDGlobal conference in Arusha, Tanzania, where he launched the device, Agabi was optimistic that the technology could soon revolutionize airport security.

“We merged synthetic neurobiology with traditional silicon technology with the goal of fixing urgent real world problems,” Agabi said.

This technology is also likely to transform the health sector by enabling doctors to detect serious illnesses in almost the same way dogs can detect cancerous cells through smell.

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