There is a distinct lack of hardware start-ups, instead the focus tends to be on software. There are exceptions, of course, as in the case of the Oculus Rift but what good is game changing software without equally as exciting and compatible hardware?

The scanner may well be most closely associated with Star Trek’s Tricorder, but Consumer Physics have created a small device called a SCiO which scans objects and sends the user molecular information straight to your smartphone, from sugar levels to what chemicals are present. Dror Sharon, the co-founder of Consumer Physics, has hopes that the SCiO will become the Google of the physical world.

It’s a fairly affordable and fascinating invention that may very well change the way people interact with the world around them. Food scares may very well become a thing of the past.

The SCiO was unveiled at the beginning of the month via crow-funding site Kickstarter and, with weeks still left on the countdown, it’s already raised more than quadruple the initial goal of £200,000. (BBC News, 7th May 2014)

The device is set to cost £117, will you be buying one?

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