Pocket sized mini scanner instantly analyses composition of medicines

Consumer Physics, an Israeli-based start-up, has launched a pocket-sized device which instantly analyses the composition of medicines and other objects.

As Dror Sharon, co-founder of the firm explains the device is “the first molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand.”

The device was launch with the financial aid of a crowd funding campaign (through popular site Kickstarter, where it raised, 1,381 per cent of its funding coal within 24 hours) with a total 13,000 customers already placing orders for the device.

The SciO, doesn’t need to make any contact with the material or substance being tested. It works by using near-infrared spectroscopy to interact with every molecule to create a unique optical signature or molecular fingerprint. Used in conjuncture with a smartphone or tablet, and Consumer Physics database of matter, this signature, like a barcode, which reveals the given object’s chemical properties from fat to sugar content.

It’s not only limited to the pharmaceutical industry, as it also has the ability to identify the compositions of food and drinks and other objects. Indeed, such are the possibilities that the firm was awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum last month.

Although the product is ground breaking, its applications are currently limited to scanning individual substances and objects. For example, whole food meals are proving to be somewhat of a problem. The future, however, is looking very bright.