Gadget of the Week: SCiO

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Scio app
Scan just about anything on Earth.

Ever looked at a fruit in the market and wondered whether it’s ripe or not? Or, maybe you’ve wanted to make sure a friend didn’t put their grubby paws on your French fries while you took a bathroom break. Well, you’re in luck, because the pocket-sized SCiO can scan molecules (tiny chemicals) to provide detailed information on everyday objects.

Consumer Physics has revealed their invention on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, offering people the chance to get their hands on the fancy SCiO device. Using a technology known as near-infrared spectroscopy, the handheld scanner bounces light off scanned items. SCiO can then take these reflected heat waves of infrared light, which are usually invisible to the naked eye, and interpret them after it passes through a prism-like “spectrometer.”

Finally, SCiO sends the complex data to a mega server that uses advanced software programming. The analysis is sent back to a convenient smartphone app, providing you an easy-to-read breakdown on everything from the freshness of food and drinks, to being able to tell whether someone poured soy sauce in your Coca-Cola as a prank!

Images courtesy of Consumer Physics.