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SCiO: Your Sixth Sense. A Pocket Molecular Sensor For All !
Scan materials or physical objects. Get instant relevant information to your smartphone. Food, medicine, plants, and more.
Smartphones made it easy to research facts, capture images, and navigate street maps, but they haven’t brought us closer to the physical environment in which we live – until now.
Meet SCiO. It is the world’s first affordable molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand. SCiO is a tiny spectrometer and allows you to get instant relevant information about the chemical make-up of just about anything around you, sent directly to your smartphone.
The SCiO Mobile App allows you to choose a specific SCiO application from the available options. Once you choose the app you need, you are ready to scan.
Every time you use SCiO you are helping to build a database of knowledge about the stuff around us. So when you use SCiO, you are making everyone smarter. The bigger our community gets, the more data SCiO will have about different materials and this goes right back to our community of users!.
SCiO is for anyone who would like instant information about the things they interact with and consume every day. It is also great for people who want to help develop a rapidly expanding database of useful knowledge that will benefit the entire community of users.
SCiO is based on the age-old 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 its own 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.
The spectrometers which are normally used for these high-end near-IR spectroscopy applications are very big and expensive. They can be the size of a laptop and cost tens of thousands of dollars. SCiO is unique as it is based on a tiny spectrometer, designed from the ground up to be mass-produced at low cost with minimal compromise on the available application. This unique feature is achieved by several technology breakthroughs our team has made in the past few years, as we reinvented the spectrometer around low-cost optics and advanced signal processing algorithms.
To deliver relevant information in real time, SCiO communicates the spectrum to your smartphone app via Bluetooth, which in turn forwards it to a cloud-based service. Advanced algorithms analyze the spectrum and within seconds deliver information regarding the analyzed sample back to the smartphone to be presented in real time to the user.
We have made loads of prototypes and we are ready to take SCiO into production with your help!
SCiO has been under development for several years now.
At first we only knew what we wanted it to do and we looked for the right technology to provide a solution. It took us few months to define the right technology and come up with a first concept. From concept we have gone through 2-3 stages of technology proof-of-concepts.
Several months ago we have finished the development of our first prototype. Since then we have produced our 2nd generation (current prototype) and have released several firmware and cloud-based software versions. We have completed the future design of the final product and are now ready to go into mass production.
Once the first working prototype was ready, we had to “teach” it what different substances look like. A team of chemists, food technologists, and lab technicians who have been sampling materials like cheese, fruits, grains, oils, pills and much more, in order to begin building the database of substances that the device will identify and analyze. When SCiO hits the market, every user will be able to help expand the database by sampling an array of plants, pharmaceuticals, and raw food materials.
These days we are focusing on the mass production of the device: we are working with our manufacturing partners to complete the preparations of the manufacturing line so we can offer you SCiO at the most affordable price possible
Our R&D team is truly multi-disciplinary, encompassing all the relevant engineering know-how: from optics, physics, electronics, manufacturing, low-level firmware and real time algorithms to back-end software. In addition to data scientists and algorithm experts, our team includes members with degrees in applied physics, chemistry, food technology, and nutrition. Our engineers and advisory board have PhDs or advanced degrees in their relevant fields and hail from top tier reserach institutes such as MIT, Stanford, CalTech, Harvard, Wiezmann Institute, The Technion, and Tel-Aviv University.
Beyond SCiO, our company is developing products geared at industrial applications, where distributed low-cost molecular sensing complements traditional centralized quality control systems.