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An IoT Platform Enables Material Analysis of Food, Drugs

Published: Feb 19,2016

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Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) and Consumer Physics, Inc. (CP) today announced a collaboration to develop a sensor-to-cloud personal and industrial IoT platform that analyzes liquids and solids, including food, plants, drugs, chemicals, the human body, and a variety of other materials.

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The two companies plan to embed CP’s SCiO technology for material sensing into smartphones, wearables, industrial, and medical applications. The co-developed sensor-to-cloud platform will enable users to detect substances quickly and reliably, control quality, and measure a wide range of characteristics such as calories, fat, sugars, and proteins; sugar content or brix, in fruits and vegetables; alcohol content in beverages; and chemical composition of fuel and oil.

SCiO’s underlying science is called Near-Infra-Red (NIR) Spectroscopy and has been used in laboratories around the world for decades in diverse industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, healthcare, oil and gas, plastics, cosmetics, geology, mineralogy, and many more. Current devices are large and expensive, making them unfit for current and future IoT applications.

The physical basis underlying NIR Spectroscopy's material analysis is based on the principle that each type of molecule vibrates in a unique way, and these vibrations interact with light to create a unique optical signature.

The signature is acquired using the optical sensor and signal conditioning electronics. Advanced algorithms utilize an updatable database to analyze the spectrum and deliver information about the analyzed sample back to the user in real time.

Developer kits will be available for building custom applications. SCiO Eco-System Partners can develop smartphone and wearables experiences now using the SCiO Developer Kit, available immediately.

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