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Molecular scanner for iPhone will identify harmful substances in products

Millions of people suffering from celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, are experiencing that meals at restaurants can contain high amounts of trace protein. Sensor Nima will facilitate the user’s life, by letting using a smartphone to scan any food and beverages for the presence of gluten and other allergic types of foods.

The sample is placed in the device, and antibodies, which are disposable cartridge, begin the search for traces of gluten. If they are found, on the iPhone screen appears a notification. In addition to the output test data the mobile app will allow you to easily share test results with other users to let them know, in which restaurant and which dishes are safe for those who suffer from food allergies or sensitivity to foods.

The design of the instrument will be given again after a few tweaks and changes before its finalized and released to the market, but the device for testing of gluten, reportedly will cost $250.

Shireen Yates, co-founder of 6SensorLabs, who suffers from gluten intolerance, dreams that one day people will be able to dine out and not be afraid for health. The company hopes to apply this same technology to determine the presence in food of other allergens, such as peanuts or dairy products.

Similar product development and the Israeli company Consumer Physics. Its compact spectrometer SCiO aims to simplify the process of determining the chemical composition of many objects of the surrounding world. Using spectrometry, the gadget performs analysis and provides real-time information about any consumption of foods.

The process is very simple: it is necessary to synchronize the SCiO with a mobile device via Bluetooth, bring to a product, say, to Apple, at a distance of 2-3 cm and press the button. In just a few seconds, SCiO analyzes the actual chemical composition of Apple, sends data to a cloud service that accurately identifies the product and provides information about its nutritional value. The corresponding app can also give information about how the Apple ripened.

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