Whilst your smartphone may be able to help you with a lot of stuff, it does have its limitations. For example, can it tell you whether the watermelon or avocado you are about to buy is ripe? Can it tell you how many calories sits in your lunch on the table? It’s not possible? Well, this small scanner can do all that and more with a click of a button.
The little USB-shaped device called a Scio – after the Latin verb “to know” will figure out everything from the sugar content of a given fruit to whether or not that drink you left on the bar has been drugged. “We designed SCiO to find applications where people have the most visceral connection to the world,” said Dror Sharon, CEO and co-founder of Consumer Physics, the Israeli company behind SCiO.
This little device fits in your hand and looks something straight out of Star Trek – only it will tell you everything about the world around you. The scanner uses infrared spectroscopy to get an incredibly detailed set of data about whatever you point it at- from food to pills in your hands. It then sends the details to your smartphone through its Bluetooth connection.
Scio’s database then translates that data into nutritional content. Calories, protein, sugar content- there’s a lot of stuff this puppy can count. The first units are expected to go on sale in December of this year—and there’s still time to preorder your own for $199.