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Is this little gizmo going to put wine tasters out of business? Japanese scientists have invented a winebot that can analyse 30 different grapes and combinations of the same. It can even detail their origin. [Found via WineLifeToday]


NewScientist

“The wine-bot was developed by scientists from NEC’s System Technologies laboratory and Mie University, both in Japan. It is about twice the size of a 3-litre wine box and consists of a microcomputer and an optical sensing instrument. For analysis, a 5 millilitre sample of wine is poured into a tray in front of the machine. Light emitting diodes then fire infrared light at the sample and the reflected light is sensed by an array of photodiodes. By identifying the wavelengths of infrared light that have been absorbed by the sample, NEC says the wine-bot can correctly identify the unique organic components of 30 popular wines within 30 seconds.”

2 Comments »

  1. Hi, I read you from Barcelona (Spain) and I have no doubts that you write the most interesteng blog in the UK, and one of the interestind and innovative ones written in english.
    I too try to do my best in spanish (hélas!), in a recent blog about spanish wines and food, which I hope to see growing and improving, thanks to the comments of learned, winecentric, people, like you!
    Just two words to say that this kind of engines make me seriously nervous: in any case, I’m almost sure that, after analysis, the bot is absolutely unable to “say” nothing about quality, scents, fragances, etc., etc., etc. And this will be our fortune!
    Al the best from Barcelona!
    Joan (= in catalan, John!)

  2. Andrew says:

    You are absolutly right J. We also have the machine v human taste tests to look forward to.

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