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;