Gadget can scan your food to reveal its nutritional value

Photo credit: DietSensor

If you’re keen to make positive life changes by cutting down the calories but don’t have time to measure every meal, then the latest technology might be right up your street.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign a new gadget, launched at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show by the French startup DietSensor, promises to reveal the nutritional value of your dinner by scanning its chemical makeup while it’s still on your plate.

With one click of a button, the app and accompanying scanner reveals the calories, carbohydrate breakdown, fat content and protein in everything you eat.

The pocket-sized, Bluetooth-connected molecular sensor called SCiO uses near-infrared spectroscopy (the analysis of how molecules interact with light) to determine the chemical makeup of food and drink. SCiO can then analyse substances based on how their molecules interact with light.

Once you’ve scanned your food, the SCiO scanner transmits the dietary information to the app via Bluetooth. Your screen will then show a breakdown of your meal, which the app adds to your specialised diet tracker, offering advice to ensure you maintain a healthy diet.

While it may sound like a calorie counters dream come true, the SCiO was originally designed to help people with diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Founders Remy and Astrid Bonnasse developed the concept in 2014 when their 9-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

The gadget is ideal for anyone looking for in depth information about what goes into their food, but the ability to analyse every atom of your dinner could also lead to obsessive dieting. Would you be keen to scan your meals in favour of a healthier lifestyle? Let us know your thoughts.

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If you're keen to try it our for yourself t scanner is available to pre-order for $249 (£169.49), and you then pay a $10 (£6.80) subscription fee each month.