Start-up SCiO prototypes a pocket-sized molecular scanner based on spectral imaging that tells you everything about your food.
By John Blyler, Editorial Director
We are getting closer and closer to developing a true “Star Trek” tricorder, thanks in part to a molecular scanner recently announced by SciO. Using spectral imaging technology, the start-up has launched a pocket device which analyses the composition of food, drink, plants, and the like.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the benefits of Moore’s Law that highlights the every shrinking size, lower power and increase performance of semiconductor chips. If the SCiO prototype proves viable, it won’t be long before semiconductor IP designers and manufacturing facilities will make these pocket-sized wonders available to all of us.
How does the molecular scanner remotely determine food characteristics? It sends the chemical composition data of a scanned object to the user’s smartphone for analysis using a downloadable application. Using light ways, the devices captures an objects unique spectral image to determine specific wavelengths for such things as moisture, fat, sugar, and other measurements.
Last year, the SPIE Photonics West event had many white papers and exhibitor demonstrations devoted to hyperspectral imaging technology: “Hyperspectral Imaging – Basics and Agriculture Apps” At last year’s show, my interest was in precision agriculture. At this years show, I’ll be on the lookout for spectral-imaging based molecular scanners.