Tuesday, November 25, 2003

K-9 on a Chip

The Associated Press is reporting on a new drug-sniffing computer chip. The device "works the same way as the dogs," according to the lead researcher on the Georgia Tech team developing the chip. In other words, it's programmed to detect cocaine vapors in microscopic quantities. No word yet on add-on software to read suspects their Miranda rights.
Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.