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Gadget of the month: DietSensor

Posted on 29 April 2016

In the world of energy, recent years have been all about the connected home. From smart meters and thermostats to smartphone-controlled lighting and appliances, we’ve never had so much control over our consumption. That’s why we’re going to be showcasing some cutting-edge gadgets each month in our ‘gadget of the month’ feature. This month it’s the turn of DietSensor.


Do you dream of being healthier, but find calorie counting to be boring and time consuming? Or perhaps you’d just like to know a little bit more about what you’re putting in your body? While some food is sold in packaging that displays its ingredients and nutritional information, this is often hidden away in tiny writing, making it difficult to read. And once it’s out of the packaging, what then?

Well, that’s where DietSensor comes in. Launched at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, DietSensor consists of a Bluetooth-enabled molecular sensor called SCiO and a smartphone app. Using near infrared spectroscopy, this little scanner can give you a breakdown of exactly what makes up the food you’re about to eat.


Basically, you just scan the device over your food and calories, carbohydrate breakdown, protein, fat content and other nutritional information will be transmitted to the app on your smartphone. And if that wasn’t good enough, the app also included a specialised diet tracker which charts your daily food intake and offers related tips – e.g. don’t exceed more than 40 grams of this type of food in a given time period.

The DietSensor will be available to buy in the USA and Canada from mid-2016, and will be rolled out to other countries after that, so keep your eyes peeled!

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