- Posted June 9, 2014 by
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The Next Google: Scio Matter Explorer
Did you ever wish for a crystal ball? How do you know if your food is fresh? With the help of Scio an Israeli start up you can explore matter like never before. I spoke with Dror Sharon CEO of Scio about his vision and bringing Scio to market.
Scio is based on the proven near-IR spectroscopy method. The physical basis for this material analysis method is that each type of molecule vibrates in its own unique way, and these vibrations interact with light to create a unique optical signature.
Scio includes a light source that illuminates the sample and an optical sensor called a spectrometer that collects the light reflected from the sample. The spectrometer breaks down the light to its spectrum, which includes all the information required to detect the result of this interaction between the illuminated light and the molecules in the sample. Spectrometers used for near-IR spectroscopy are normally found in scientific laboratories and are
very big and expensive. Designed for consumers, SCiO leverages a tiny spectrometer, designed from the ground up to be mass-produced at low cost. Consumer Physics achieved this advancement by reinventing the spectrometer around low-cost optics and advanced signal processing algorithms. To deliver relevant information in real time, Scio communicates the spectrum of the sample to a smartphone via Bluetooth, which in turn forwards it to a cloud-based service for review. Advanced algorithms utilize an updatable database to analyze the spectrum within milliseconds and deliver information about the analyzed sample back to the user’s smartphone in real time.
Scio has raised over 2.4 million dollars on Kickstarter and has inspired thousands of people to take a journey to get a closer understanding in ones environment. For example with Scio you can: See how ripe an Avocado is, through the peel, find out the quality of your cooking oil,know the well being of your plants, analyze soil or hydroponic solutions authenticate medications or supplements.
Scio will change the way we learn, connect and understand the world around us. Now the journey really begins. You can learn more about Scio @http://www.consumerphysics.com/myscio/