Have you ever caught yourself eating something and wondering, “Gee, I sure hope there isn’t any semen in this?” Well luck is with you, strange friend, because the folks at SCiO have developed a real-life tricorder that can scan and determine the exact molecular make-up of whatever you happen to be eating at the moment.
The SCiO Kickstarter launched this week, created by an Israeli company called Consumer Physics, and hit its goal within twenty-four hours; unsurprising, for a USB-shaped tricorder that you can pick up for as low as $149. The tricorder is essentially an infra-red spectronomer that can read an object’s “molecular fingerprint,” sending it to a smartphone app that delivers you easy-to-read results in seconds.
The tricorder (yes, I know it’s called SCiO, but damn it, Jim, I’m calling it a tricorder) is made with the same tech used by big quality-control companies, but on a much smaller, consumer-friendly scale. It can tell you exactly what’s in your fruit, cheese, or veggies (including fat, protein, and carb levels) down to the milligram. Diet like a boss.
If you’re extra-curious about other things you might put inside you, the tricorder can also be used to scan medicine and houseplants, or could be a handy tool to make sure your drink hasn’t been spiked at a bar. Or, you know, to make sure your waiter hasn’t spit in your food. But you probably shouldn’t have been such a jerk to her anyways.
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