SCiO Can Scan the Food You’re about to Eat and Tell You How Many Calories It Has.

SCiO can scan the food you’re about to eat and tell you how many calories it has. No joke, it can do that. And it’s the size of a flash drive.

SCiO is a molecular sensor that can tell the chemical composition of an object based on the light that reflects off it. It’s analysis is so detailed that it can even tell you the difference in sugar between two watermelons at the grocery store.

The corresponding app breaks down calories, carbs, sugar and protein and can tell you when your fruit is ripe. Currently, it works with fruits, vegetables, salad dressings, cooking oils and dairy products, but SCiO is quickly building their library with every scan, hoping to eventually have releases for everything from meat to your own hydration level.

It’s pretty easy to see why this device is revolutionary, but it’s even helpful since food labels can be misleading and don’t account for added sugar. SCiO can be pre-ordered for $249 and is expected to ship in July of this year.


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8 thoughts on “SCiO Can Scan the Food You’re about to Eat and Tell You How Many Calories It Has.

    • crunchtheory says:

      I would as well, but when writing this, I couldn’t find any studies that the makers weren’t a part of. I think we are going to have to wait until SCiO is released before we can get an accurate, third party study done. I would love for it to work but I’m also skeptical.

      • Tony says:

        There was a piece in the Daily Mail recently about how inaccurate some of the wearables really are. I think it was the past week, but she gave some really bothersome examples. Hopefully, the Apple Watch will change all that.

      • crunchtheory says:

        Yes! I think as the market becomes more evolved and technology becomes more sophisticated then their accuracy will improve. It’s still frustrating because the market is pretty unregulated right now, and these companies can make accuracy claims without substantial evidence to support them. I may write about it actually.

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