New Gadget Scans Food to Find Nutritional Value
Food| | By Margo Gothelf
Have you ever wished that you could scan your food to see how many calories are in it? Well, thanks to a new gadget those wishes may soon become a reality.
During the International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this week, French startup DietSensor unveiled SCiO, a pocket-sized Bluetooth-connected molecular sensor. According to Mashable, SCiO is designed to use “near-infrared spectroscopy (the analysis of how molecules interact with light) to determine the chemical makeup of food and drink.” The tiny gadget can dissect how the different substances and their molecules interact with light to find the nutritional value of the food on your plate.
For now the scanner works best with homogenous food such as breads, cheeses, and crackers. The scanner corresponds with an app where you can manually input the more complex foods like homemade meals or meals with multiple ingredients. The app also lets you create a health profile, which shows a daily chart of your food intake.
Founder Remy and Astrid Bonnasses originally came up with the idea when their 9-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2014. The gadget is targeted for people with health conditions like diabetes or cardiovascular diseases that need a constant monitor for their food intake.
The SCiO cost $249 and will launch in the later half of the year. While the app is free to download, it will cost $10 per month.