What's in your food? Scan it with this gadget
DIETERS, who log every bite they take with a slew of fitness trackers that tabulate caloric burn, now have a new device that can change the way they calculate the calories they're consuming.
TellSpec is a nifty gadget that connects to your smartphone and gives you information such as calorie count, allergy information and details about food.
All you have to do is wave the device over your food, be it an apple or pasta, reported AFP Relaxnews.
TellSpec's raman spectrometer - which uses lasers to evaluate an object's chemical composition - uses an algorithm to calculate not only calories, but also ingredients and whether or not the food contains gluten, trans fats or pesticides, even in trace amounts.
This data is then sent to an app in your smartphone so you can check the information before tucking in.
Through its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, TellSpec is offering early backers the device and two years of unlimited food-scan analysis for US$150 (S$187).
A cheaper - but, presumably, less accurate - option is the app Meal Snap, priced at US$2.99. Photos uploaded to the app's database are identified automatically and assigned a rough calorie count, which is then sent back to the user within minutes.