SCIO is a pocket-sized molecular sensor that tells the chemical constitution of foods, medicines and plants

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Country: Israel
Year: 2015
Consumer Physics’ SCIO is a pocket-sized molecular sensor that tells the chemical constitution of foods, medicines and plants. 

Concept

  • SCIO is the first molecular sensor which can determine the exact composition of any item scanned. It fits in the palm of one’s hand
  • SCIO uses Near Infra-Red (NIR) spectroscopy method: the sensor analyses molecular vibrations of physical things by sending an infrared light on it. Then Scio compares the print of the vibrations with the database on the Cloud, sending a response to the user’s phone
  • SCIO sensor can be used to scan food, medicine and plants today and eventually also the human body and other materials
  • SCIO is NOT a medical device and should NOT be relied on to protect users from allergens under any circumstances

Consumer Benefits

  • Food: The app delivers macro nutrient amounts (calories, fats, carbohydrates, and proteins) and quality levels of food, including whether or not the food has spoiled
  • Medicines: SCIO identifies and authenticates medication in real-time by checking a pill’s molecular makeup with a database of medications
  • Plants: It can analyze moisture levels in plants and tell users when to water them

How to use it

  • The spectrometer, when touched on a product, emits a light source that illuminates the sample and then collects the light reflected from it
  • It communicates with a mobile app via Bluetooth, which forwards the info to a cloud-based service and returns the information instantly