Ever thought about the chemical breakdown of the things you eat or find out if the pills you’re going to take are real or a counterfeit product? Scio is here to help you get rid of these problems. The product is designed by the folks at Concept Physics, which can help users find out about the chemical make up of various products, which is not only limited to food and its nutritional facts, but extends to other products such as plants, medications, find quality of products you use, and much more. Basically, you can use it to get information about literally anything, except metals.
Scio is based on near-IR spectroscopy method which is not new at all. What it does is that it illuminates light on the product, which is reflected back by the molecules of the product being scanned and passed on through a spectrometer, an optical sensor inside the device. It’s these reflected particles which reveal information about the composition. The information connects with your smartphone via a companion app, connected to Scio via Bluetooth, which in turn forwards it to a cloud-based service. It’s then analyzed and the real-time information about the product is displayed on the smartphone.
The project is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, and have managed to raise over $450,000 compared to their $200,000 goal, with 40 more days to go. The early bird pledge is $150, but it’s already sold out so you may have to pitch in a higher amount if you want to get your hands on this amazing device. The gadget is expected to ship later this year, possibly December or may be early 2015 for the people who pledged for it on Kickstarter. Check out the video above to see the product in action, or visit Kickstarter for more information about the product.