There are some moments when we’d really need a device that is able to tell us everything about a certain item. Something that could reveal what the pill we misplaced from its pack is or how much water does our plant need. Perhaps, a device that could be able to tell us how nutritious our food is. The SCiO Pocket Molecular Sensor comes to do just that.
This new invention is able to identify the chemical makeup of a item in a very short time – just two seconds. In this way you can find anything from the nutritional content of the food you wish to eat to the number of calories in your meal and even more. The small, handheld scanner can be linked with a smartphone via Bluetooth. The results are displayed on the screen.
SCiO is actually a miniature spectroscope. It shines near-infrared light on items and excites their molecules. By analyzing the light that is reflected on the vibrating molecules, one can determine their chemical composition. With this device, an accompanying iOS or Android app sends the results to the cloud. There, the data is processed in real time and the results get displayed by the app.
Consumer Physics, the Tel Aviv-based company that designed the device announced SCiO will come with apps that allow it to analyze food, plants and medication. The company is also going to provide an Application Development Kit. In this way third parties can expand the variety of materials that can be analyzed. They could go as far as to include “cosmetics, clothes, flora, soil, jewels and precious stones, leather, rubber, oils, plastics, and even human tissue or bodily fluids.”
SCiO is powered by an internal battery. It should last at least one week after being fully charged. At the moment, the company is raising funds on Kickstarter to start commercial production. What do you think of this novel device?
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