The near-infrared sensor that can identify a Viagra pill (and much more!) – WIRED 2015

A couple of weeks ago now, we joined a range of other innovation-minded people at the latest WIRED conference (WIRED 2015). We had the opportunity to see a whole host of interesting talks over the two days and we’re happy to report that the videos of some of our favourites are now available, so we will be sharing these over the course of the next week or two.

First up is one of the talks from Dror Sharon, CEO and co-founder of Consumer Physics, whose Israeli company created the SCiO molecular sensor – a small near-infrared spectrometer that works by using a beam of light to bounces between the object and sensor, relaying molecular information.

The sensor was a recent hit on Kickstarter when it was launched last year, and it raised a total of £1,783,000. It can be used to test anything from pharmaceuticals to food, minerals, cosmetics and more. In a supermarket, you could scan a watermelon to determine how sweet it is, or an avocado to see when it will ripen. Also, with Viagra being one of the most counterfeited drugs in the world, it means you check your little blue pill is what you think it is!

Sharon explained: “We’re building the world’s largest database for molecular fingerprints,” in the hope of helping people better understand and check the world around them at a molecular level, but watch the talk to find out more.

 




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