Chinese company, Changhong, is manufacturing a smartphone fitted with a molecular sensor. The “H2” smartphone’s sensor can read the chemical composition of an object – without physical contact – providing detailed information about the sugar content of fruit and drinks, for example, or the chemical content of pharmaceutical drugs.
This sensor was developed from the SCiO, which is an industrial-strength scanner using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to scan objects in medical diagnostic tests and for quality control in pharmaceutical testing. Changhong, however, has miniaturized this industrial scanner to fit the smartphone with an accompanying app.
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