SCIO – A Pocket-Sized Scanner Reads Molecular Fingerprint of Food, Pharmaceuticals, and More
Consumer Physics unveiled SCiO, a handheld sensor that scans the molecular fingerprint of physical matter and instantly provides information about its chemical makeup. SCiO delivers real-time results to its mobile application on the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth LE. The product, due to ship this fall, will include apps to help users identify the composition of food, medication, and plants. The food app delivers macro nutrient values (calories, fats, carbohydrates, and proteins), produce quality, ripeness, and spoilage analysis for various foods, including cheeses, fruits, vegetables, sauces, salad dressings, and cooking oils. SCiO can also identify and authenticate medication in real-time by cross-checking a pill’s molecular makeup with a database of medications.