Within just a few years, every smartphone could be fitted with a tiny molecular scanner that would transform what we know about the physical world.
That’s the prediction of the CEO of Consumer Physics, an Israeli start-up company that has developed a hand-held scanner they say will open up a new branch of easily accessible knowledge for the public.
The current model is able to pinpoint properties such as the sugar content in an individual piece of fruit, the percentage of fat in a particular cheese, or identify whether a drug is counterfeit or an illegal substance.
From dieting, to wine-making, to policing, its creators claim the potential uses are “endless”.
The SCiO scanner uses the near-infrared spectrum to analyse light reflected from objects and decipher their unique molecular fingerprints… see more