Molecular sensor can help profile the physical objects all around us.

If you’re in search of a better way to figure out the molecular makeup up your food, then you might be interested in SCiO, a handheld molecular analyzer that pairs with your smartphone and costs just $149. Developed by Consumer Physics, the company is offering a much more user-friendly option than the spectrometers found in labs that normally cost thousands of dollars.

The device, which is not much bigger than a keyring, works by shining a blue light onto an object you want to analyze. SCiO’s partner app will then take the spectrometer reading, upload it the company’s servers, analyze and compare it to known spectral signatures, before returning as easy-to-understand information.

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