There's an App for that! Magic Sensor Can Breakdown Nutritional Facts in One Scan!

Jan 10, 2016 11:43 PM EST | By Florence May P. Jose


Luckily for everyone who has been wanting to be healthier and those who want to lose weight, technology is in our favor. From calorie counting apps to those who can detect secret sugar content in food packets, a new innovation was recently made available to the public that has the potential to revolutionize the science of being healthy in general.

Most of us are failing to take in to account the complete nutritional breakdown of the food we intake daily because of various reasons: no nutritional fact sheet is available or maybe you are not aware of all the ingredients used in preparing the meal. Some just grew tiresome of listing the calorie count every single time, while others simply don't have the time to do it.

One Scan Away!
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US-LIFESTYLE-IT-ELECTRONICS-CES Credit: ROBYN BECK / Staff More from this photographer Caption:The DietSensor analyses food with a click of a button using a micro scale and SCIO, the first molecular sensor that fits in a hand at Pepcon, January 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada ahead of the CES 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. The DietSensor's app automatically logs the food and gives advise to help the user make better food choices. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Thankfully, after a successful kick-starter campaign, ConsumerPhysics has unveiled DietSensor: "a magical app" that allows you to know the calories, carbohydrate breakdown, fat content, and protein in everything you eat - through scanning your food with the device.

The device that will do the scanning is called the SCiO-which works like a regular barcode scanner. It was made possible through the technology of near infrared spectroscopy, which is a scientific way of saying that a device scans the food and breaks down its nutritional contents by "analyzing how each of its molecules vibrates."

Though the app is meanwhile restricted to scanning homogenous food-meaning food with the same texture, so you need to scan each food variation on your plate. How does it differ to some of the barcode scanning apps that detects the nutritional facts of packaged food? DietSensor works on homemade meals and alcohol too.

After scanning, the data will be transmitted to the app via Bluetooth. You can access the breakdown from your computer or cellphones. You can also set limits on the application, making sure that you wont eat unnecessary and excessive calories or fat or whatnot.  

Initially, the app was created for Diabetes patients as their aid in keeping track of their meals and the nutrients they are getting, but because of the ability of this app to help tons of people who wanted to 'stick to their diets' and those who have little time and effort to note their every meal, this is now available for everyone-the scanner is for preorder (LINK) for $249 while the app requires a monthly subscription for $10.

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