This ‘Star Trek’-style molecular sensor fits in your hand, reads your food

 In Health, National News

Anyone who has been deceived by a punchbowl at a party, or a diet-busting cake, will recognize the value of knowing exactly what you are eating. A new pocket scanner promises to deliver that power by giving the user an instant breakdown of alcohol, sugar, or calorie content before they consume.

The USB-shaped ‘SCiO’ device was launched through a Kickstarter campaign earlier in the week and reached its target within 24 hours, with devices available for as little as $149.

The product of Israeli start-up Consumer Physics, it uses spectrometry to read the “molecular fingerprint” of an object, shining near Infra-Red light on it which stimulates the molecules and then records their reactions.

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