These days, it’s really hard to know what’s in your food. There’s so many chemicals and additives that make their way into our foods that knowing what you’re truly eating might just scare you. But still, it would be nice to know what you’re eating, which is where TellSpec comes into play. The Indiegogo campaign is a revolutionary hand-held device that will alert you to the allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories and ingredients in you food. The TellSpec will give you all the lowdown on what you’re putting in your mouth so that you can easily avoid certain things you’re not supposed to eat like sodium or help you count calories.
The TellSpec is a combination of a spectrometer and a unique algorithm that tells you everything you need to know about the plate of food you get at a restaurant or cook up yourself. It works thanks to its three-part system: a spectrometer scanner, algorithm and an easy-to-read interface on your phone. So when you beam the low-powered laser in the TellSpec scanner at the food, photons are absorbed, raising the energy states of the molecules in the food, with lower energy photons are then reflected back. The spectrometer inside the scanner sorts these photons by wavelength and counts them, resulting in numbers that describe the chemical compounds in the food.
It’s simple to use – just aim the scanner and the food item and press the button until it peeps. And you can scan directly or through plastic or glass and it will provide you with precise readings. It’s great since it will warn you about inaccurately reported ingredients like trans fats and give you the background story on mysterious ingredients like tartrazine – going beyond what the label tells you. It will also help you monitor your intake of toxic chemicals such as mercury, so that you will stay within recommended limits. The Post-Early Bird Special is still available, allowing you to get one for $200.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.