New Gadget Scans Food to Count Your Calories

SCiO is a small device that allows users to scan foods and get information, like ingredients and calories.
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SCiO is a small device that allows users to scan foods and get information, like ingredients and calories.
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Photo Credit: SCiO Kickstarter

Trying to figure out how many calories are in your dinner plate can be quite complicated. You need to know the nutritional information of every ingredient you use, and take into account factors such as sodium and sugar. What if you had a small device that could scan your food, even individual items at a grocery store, to tell you exactly what you are eating? 

Israel-based startup Consumer Physics Inc. created SCiO, a gadget that fits in your pocket and can tell you more about the food in front of you. Users simply place the device near their food of choice and press a button for two seconds. SCiO analyzes the chemical makeup of the food it scanned, and sends information (via cloud) to the user's smartphone, which will have the information displayed on the screen. 

Consumer Physics is still working on a prototype, so it might still be a while before SCiO is available to purchase. The developers raised funding through a Kickstarter campaign. Their hope was to raise $200,000, and with the help of 11,000 backers, they received $2.7 million. Backers are expected to receive SCiO in December. 

Check out a demo of SCiO in the video below.