Understanding What is Handheld Molecular Scaner and How it works?

With over 2 Million apps available on each of Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store, smartphones have grown to become far more versatile than when they first burst onto the scene about a decade ago.

Now, that trend is evolving into a greater selection of smartphone attachments from miniature projectors to infrared cameras. So, may be then it should not be too surprising, that actual molecular scanners for smartphones are making their way to a smartphone near you.

What is Molecular Scanner?

But what the heck is a molecular scanner. Is it like one of those tricorder things that Mr. Data used in Star Trek? Well, actually yes, just as the fictional tricorder could give the crew of the enterprise useful information about their surroundings.

Real life molecular scanners analyze the chemical makeup of objects without the need for big expensive lab equipment or restraining orders. You see, chemicals with a different molecular structure absorbs and reflect light in different ways due to electrons in those molecules existing different energy states.

It’s been a long time since you took high school chemistry class and you forgot all this stuff, but gist of it is that a handheld molecular scanner fires a light beam in the near-infrared spectrum, which is used because it’s higher frequency can penetrate further into objects then lower energy far infrared or radio waves.

Once the infrared light hits the object, you want to scan, that object will absorb certain wavelengths of light more strongly than others based on its chemical makeup, the light that is reflected back to the center is then analyzed to create what is essentially a chemical fingerprint.

Based on how strongly or weakly each wavelength of light is reflected, this kind of scanning more formally called near-infrared spectroscopy or “NIRS” is used for tons of cool applications in medicine.

Uses of Molecular Scanner

NIRS can analyze everything from oxygen saturation in blood in patients with cardiac issues to brain activity by determining haemoglobin concentrations in the brain, all without the need to slice anybody open.

But if you are not a doctor and you are interested in getting your hands on the smartphone model which I mentioned in the beginning, consumer physics has come out with a personal molecular scanner called “SCIO”. Which mimics some of the industrial applications of NIRS such as analyzing agricultural products and pharmaceuticals.

But what does this mean for you? Well, consumer physics is pitching more everyday uses for the SCIO as well, like scanning food and having nutritional information pop up on screen. Since, supermarkets typically don’t stick calorie labels on ribeye steaks or avocados.

If you want to take the NIRS for nutrition angle a bit further, you could point this gadget at yourself and it would give you a body fat percentage, so you can feel proud or hate yourself accordingly. They have also announced that there will be support for drug identification from right out of the box.

And don’t misunderstand medicinal drugs with those kinds of drugs, so don’t expect the cops to carry them around right away. It is designed more for over the counter and prescription medicines, so you can tell exactly what is in them.

Though, since there are also features for developers, you might be able to test other objects for authenticity in the future. If this particular product takes off we might see more consumer molecular scanners from other companies. Hopefully for less than consumer physics is current $300 asking price.

But do keep in mind that NIRS is not meant to be a super high precision method of chemical analysis, it sacrifices some degree of accuracy for speed and ease of use.

And while this probably won’t matter much to general consumers, it means that I wouldn’t bring it into the lab and take its reading as gospel, if you are preparing your Ph.D dissertation in chemistry.


Top 6 Upcoming Smartphones of 2017

2017 has been an incredibly exciting year, when it comes to smartphone launches. But that doesn’t mean, it will not get even better. So, Let’s…..

Mobile Networks: Evolution from 1G to 4G Explained

Most of us uses smartphone with 3G or 4G mobile networks, well mostly 4G after Jio Storm. But do you ever think what does it…..

Lenovo K8 Note: New Killer Note is ready to Kill the Ordinary

Chinese Mobile manufacturer Lenovo made a great success with their Lenovo K series. Especially with Lenovo K3 Note, Lenovo K6 Power and Lenovo K6 Note……

Moto’s Flagship Moto Z2 Force: Review and Specifications

Motorola’s best smartphone for 2017 is a thin, classy-looking handheld with a long-lasting battery. It’s compatible with Moto Mod accessories, and sold at a fair…..

Vivo X9s Plus Overview and Specifications

Chinese Smartphone Manufacturer Vivo has making quite the market in India from two to three years. Vivo has risen to the top in trusted mobile…..

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: Full Specifications and Leaked Details.

Chinese Smartphone Manufacturing Company Mi created many record with their Redmi Series in India. As you are aware of Xiaomi Redmi 4, which is a…..

How does Optical Character Recognition (OCR) works?

You know, it is pretty easy to take words on your computer screen and put them on a physical sheet of paper. Just click print…..

Micromax Evok Note Review: Really Invincible?

Micromax is literally failing to make their mark on smartphone market again. There was a time when Micromax did shook every smartphone companies with their…..

Wireless 802.11 ac Wave 2 Explained

It seems like the onward march of Wireless technology can not be stopped. I mean we keep flinging more and more stuff through the airwaves,…..

Tri-Band Wireless Router Explained

If you are shopping for a Wireless Router and they all seem to be more or less the same, you are getting kind of bored…..

Understanding What is Handheld Molecular Scaner and How it works?

With over 2 Million apps available on each of Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store, smartphones have grown to become far more versatile than…..

Moto C Plus: New Face of the Budget Smartphones?

Moto is concentrating their all might on budget smartphones rather than High End smartphones. After giving a King of budget smartphones the Moto G5 Plus,…..

Audio File Formats and Compressions Explained

If you are into music, it might seem like there are just way to many audio formats to choose from. Can’t we just use Mp3…..

Coolpad Cool 1 Dual Review and Specs: Dual is Cool

Coolpad and LeEco joined their forces to create the Coolpad Cool 1 Dual. This smartphone was announced soon after LeEco’s CEO Jia Yueting took place as…..

Oneplus 5: The best is yet to come!

We are just 40 hours away from the official announcement of Oneplus 5. But there is no point of announcement when the exclusive look of the…..

What is URL? How it Works?

If you have ever used the Internet, which you have probably done considering that you are reading this blog right now, you have almost certainly…..

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Overview and Specs: Life is Now

Samsung has received tremendous response from the consumers with their Galaxy J series. As the tag line of the Galaxy J Series “Innovations for you”…..

Oppo R11 Plus Overview and Specs: Dual Rear Camera and Selfie Expert

Selfie Expert, this is the tag line for Oppo’s smartphones. Starting from the Oppo F1 to Oppo F3 plus, All those were Selfie Experts. This…..

Moto Z2 Play Review: Unlimited Possibilities

Since Lenovo bought Motorola, we are getting smartphones with uniqueness. Each and every one of their smartphone has it’s own unique feature. Or if you…..

Tesla Model S: Features and Overview

Today, I am going to tell you about all the features of Tesla Model S. So, What makes Tesla Model S such an advanced car……

  • Get more stuff like this
    in your inbox

    Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.