Consumer Physics, the company behind SCiO, which raised over $2.7M through a wildly-successful Kickstarter campaign last year, today announced that it is now preparing to ship early SDK units to its Kickstarter researcher community. Furthermore, SCiO has recently been named a finalist for the 2015 INDEX Award, which recognizes excellence in design.
SCiO is a pocket molecular sensor that uses the power of near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to scan physical materials for their molecular fingerprint. The nutritional values of foods, identity of pharmaceutical pills, and much more can be gleaned in just a few short seconds using SCiO, a smartphone or tablet, and Consumer Physics’ database of matter.
“It’s been more than four years since we started working on SCiO, and the Kickstarter campaign has been part of an absolutely amazing journey,” said Dror Sharon, CEO of Consumer Physics. “The greatest value we got out of our campaign has been the highly enthusiastic and engaged community of early adopters, scientists, developers, and more SCiO explorers. Their feedback has and will continue to have a huge and positive impact on our roadmap, our processes, and our final product. We can’t wait to share SCiO with our community and beyond!”
Mark Hay of GOOD writes: “Yet most of the hype around the SCiO has focused on its potential as a nutritional planning tool. Most coverage fixates on how, by combining an object’s weight with its readings, the device can give users a breakdown on the calories, fats, carbs, and so on in a given piece of food, providing more exact information than often wishy-washy general serving statistics. The SCiO could detect ripeness and spoilage, or pairing it with other fitness devices that track energy expenditures, tell users precisely how much work it would take to burn off that cupcake. Only a few people, based on SCiO demos, have talked about the device’s potential to, say, detect when a plant needs watering by looking at the moisture in its soil, or whether pills in a bottle are what they say they are, or have somehow gotten mixed up at the pharmacy or in a medical cabinet.”
Since completing its Kickstarter campaign in June 2014, which was successfully funded within 24 hours and raised 1,381% of its funding goal, Consumer Physics has focused on perfecting its technology and building an ecosystem of global developers to help build unique molecular sensing applications based on the SCiO handheld sensor.
SCiO has received numerous accolades from prestigious organizations. Over the past year, Consumer Physics has won awards from Last Gadget Standing, UNESCO Netexplo Innovation Awards, Stuff Gadget Awards, The Edison Awards, among others. The SCiO device and developer kits are available for pre-order at ConsumerPhysics.com. (Photos courtesy of SCiO on Facebook)