Personal molecular scanner + SAFE network = medicinal and nutritional health database


I read this article

And immediately thought of maidsafe and how combining the two technologies could create an open food, health and nutrition database. Forget lobbying the government to label GMOs. Go on the SAFE network, we have an app for that! (or should) Also think of how this could be applied to herbal medicine, homeopathics, dieting in general, various household substances, pharmasuticals (both legal and illegal), and various unknown substances. All this information stored in a database on the SAFE network where it can be analized and distributed to whoever needs it.


Looks like an incredible device and should have a huge impact on keeping businesses honest in what their selling. It looks like they have the database and Application SDK in place.

I have an idea for a SCiO application, how feasible is it?

Tested, highly feasible:

Macro nutrients in food; Food quality and food safety; Pill classification and fraud detection; Agriculture and plant related applications; Alcohol level in beverages and fraudulent beverages detection (at sufficiently high concentrations);

Not tested, highly feasible:

Plastic type identification; Fiber type identification; Pollutants in water (in high enough concentration);Body fat estimation;Human tissue identification (for some tissues);THC content in marijuana;GHB or Rohypnol detection (in high enough concentrations);Mineral analyses (probably with some performance trade-offs);Various applications for brewers;Testing certain properties of aquarium water;Detection of illegal drugs (to a certain extent);Precious stone authentication;Estimating the amount of fiber in foods;Measure oleic acid content in olive oil;Detect various soluble substances in water solutions;Detecting chloride in water (at sufficiently high concentration);Differentiating beef from horsemeat (for raw meat);

Require further research to determine feasibility:

Mushroom poisonous compounds; Measuring pressure of a fluid in a closed chamber;Identifying cultured bacteria; Detecting healing level of wounds;

Not currently feasible:

Allergen detection (where trace amounts are harmful), detection of pesticide residues;Differentiation between organic and conventional products;Detecting level of alcohol in breath;Detecting levels of Bisphenol A in plastics;Detecting if there are traces of meat/milk/eggs in a vegan dish;Detection of substances inside an unclassified mixture (feasible if mixture is classified for example tea);Existence of small amounts of toxins or bacteria in food detecting specific ingredients in a complex mixture;Detection of metals and their components; Any application in which the concentration of the measured ingredient is less than about 1% or the needed accuracy is much better than about 1% (except in some specific cases generally requiring high level of expertise and a special setup); Presence of toxins in the ground;


I wonder if this could be used to do these tests on blood as well. This young lady is working on something that will run 30 tests with 1 drop of blood for a fraction of the cost of doing those same tests today.

It’s exciting times we live in. We also need to make sure privacy is rock solid for this stuff.


Once people start doing their own tests curiosity and interest will rise and as a result an increased interest in ones health