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Handheld Spectrometer Identifies Allergens, Nutrients, Ingredients in Food

Handheld Spectrometer Identifies Allergens, Nutrients, Ingredients in Food

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The world of modern food can be confusing, and sometimes dangerous, depending on your dietary and nutrition needs and allergies, especially when eating prepared foods without any labeling. But a new handheld device could enable us to make better and more informed choices, by sniffing out the ingredients, nutrients, and allergens that may be hiding in those items.

TellSpec is a handheld spectrometer capable of allowing more transparency in eating, whether you’re counting calories, avoiding certain ingredients, or just trying to keep track of the nutrients you’re eating (or trying to eat more or less of).

“TellSpec is a three-part system which includes: (1) a spectrometer scanner (2) an algorithm that exists in the cloud; and (3) an easy-to-understand interface on your smart phone. Just aim the scanner at the food and press the button until it beeps. You can scan directly or through plastic or glass. TellSpec analyzes the findings using the algorithm and sends a report to your phone telling you the allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories, and ingredients in the food. TellSpec is a fast, simple, and easy-to-use way to learn what’s in your food.”

The device, along with its accompanying app, can help you keep track of what you’re eating, help you identify food sensitivities, and monitor the amount of toxic chemicals you may be ingesting (such as mercury or other elements in your food that you may not be able to completely avoid, but want to limit your intake of).

Currently in a crowdfunding phase with an Indiegogo campaign, TellSpec uses a low-powered laser, along with a spectrometer, to determine the chemical compounds in the food, and an algorithm in the cloud-based “analysis engine” then displays information about the allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories, and ingredients that make up your meal.

Backers of the project at the $250 level will get a TellSpec device and two years of unlimited analysis of food scans.

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