Roadside dope tester on the way

Look out all you stoners and dopers, because the cops could soon wield a handheld device that detects your favorite controlled substance. Spit into this little plastic test tube, and you're busted — any cocaine, heroin, cannabis, amphetamines, and methamphetamine you might be partying with is no longer a secret.

Phillips, a company that makes TVs and all kinds of other techno-stuff, created this sophisticated dope-a-lysing device using nanotechnology, with a clever use of electromagnets and nanoparticles that can separate the sober from the impaired. After 90 seconds, the verdict shows up on a color-coded readout.

Philips hopes to roll out this privacy-invading drug tester in Europe by the end of the year, perhaps destined to become the next tool in the loathsome War on Drugs in the United States. My suggestion to Phillips: Create a gizmo that detects texting while driving.

Via Technology Review