The Journal of mHealth Vol 1 Issue 3 (June 2014) - Page 16

Industry News $150 Smartphone Spectrometer Can Determine the Number of Calories in Your Food The ability to determine the molecular composition of materials has been available to scientists for many years using expensive lab-based spectrometers, but now a new device offers consumers the same possibilities, at a fraction of the cost. Launched via a Kickstarter campaign, the SciO from Consumer Physics is a $150 handheld device that can determine the molecular fingerprints of a wide range of materials. When the device ships to crowd-funding backers at the end of this year or early 2015, it will come with apps that can report the physical composition of food and pharmaceuticals, says Dror Sharon, Consumer Physics CEO. Sharon says Consumer Physics’ spectroscopic sensor has the potential to divine the chemical composition of a wide range of materials, from gasoline and rubber to cosmetics and gemstones. And once you can determine what something is—on a precise molecular level—you can also extrapolate what it isn’t, inviting new possibilities for product authentication, consumer safety and other applications. this interaction between the illuminated light and the molecules in the sample. SCiO is based on the proven near-IR spectroscopy method. The physical basis for this material analysis method is that each type of molecule vibrates in its own unique way, and these vibrations interact with light to create