- The Plate
New Food Scanner Helps Calorie-Watchers Identify Ingredients
The Israeli-based startup Consumer Physics introduced its handheld molecular food scanner last month and has already raised more than $2 million in crowdfunding on Kickstarter. That makes SCiO one of the site’s highest-funded tech campaigns ever, and it still has six days to go. Even though most processed foods come with mandatory labels breaking down ingredients, calories, and carbs, eaters are hungry for more knowledge. And with the rise in both restaurant eating and small-batch artisanal foods, both of which which are generally exempt from many labeling requirements, calorie-watchers want to know what they’re getting into with that protein shake or bourbon sesame-seed caramel sauce.
SCiO is tiny, only a few inches long, and looks like a laser pointer. Shine