'It's not about reinventing the wheel..It's just about finding the algorithm..' - #BENESCHED Zach Benesch Click To TweetUsing tech science , there is now a tech device that can scan your food to find out the details within your food that is about to be consumed. Just as you would read the food labels , this tech and science device will tell you the same information.
You are what you eat. Cliché as it may be, most of us need to be aware of what we are adding into our diet. With all the top food trends and instant quick fixes today, it may be hard to find a healthy option, especially for families with kids. Yes, we can read labels and find out exactly what we are eating, but what about foods that don’t come with labeled packaging? Are they still safe to eat?
Now, thanks to a smart handheld molecular tech science scanner called SCiO, you have the ability to learn the composition of the food you buy, just by pointing at it and scanning it. Whether it’s a banana or a sprig of parsley, SCiO reads the food and transmits its data into your smart phone via the accompanying app. Through the SCiO app, you can easily find out the caloric content of the food as well as fat and sugar levels. How nifty is that?
SCiO was developed by two Israeli engineers, Dror Sharon and Damian Golding from their garage lab Consumer Physics, Inc., based in Tel Aviv. In 2014, they launched SCiO on Kickstarter, marketing it as the very first handheld molecular scanner in the world. To date, Sharon and Golding’s campaign raised them over $2.7M from nearly 13,000 backers. The developers proudly announced that production of SCiO is speeding up and shipments will be completed soon.
Take a closer look at the tech science device: SCiO looks like a mobile phone or a remote control with just one button. You simply point the sensor on the end towards the item you will be scanning, and a blue light appears indicating that it is currently reading. Within a few seconds, your smart phone will display the details of the food you have been scanning.
The secret to SCiO is that it contains a small sensor that operates using spectroscopy. This tech science method uses the principle that molecules and elements transmit light at different levels, thereby giving us an idea of what a particular item is made of.
SCiO intends to make every average Joe a home-based scientist (or even a CSI, maybe?) As an educational tool, SCiO can be used in schools for research and to encourage children to eat healthy and to spark their interest in the world around them. At the same time, SCiO can have applications in the pharmaceutical industry, helping patients detect the composition of the meds they are taking.