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Is there a scanner you can use on food?


No bigger than a USB flash drive, the SCIO food analyzer can tell you all about the nutritiona­l qualities of your food. Just hold the sensor near a food item and the device will send data to a smartphone app that shows you what you want to know: the sugar content of fruit, the calories and fat in dairy products, the cocoa content of chocolate, the alcohol in a drink, and the protein, fat, and calories in fish and meat. Developed by Consumer Physics, SCIO uses infrared spectrosco­py to measure the rate of absorption of infrared light, and it also works with many other kinds of materials besides food.

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