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  • The growing desire to know what’s in your food is going digital
  • The growing desire to know what’s in your food is going digital
    Eric Martin, Creative Commons (2009) ©

SCiO: know exactly what's in the food you’re eating

From understanding what exactly is in the coffee you’re drinking, to knowing how polluted the air in your back garden is, people are looking for microscopic details to feel informed. But who is this new curious group of people? And what will they do with this information?

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Want to know the best spot in your house to do yoga? Just find the area with the least electromagnetic pollution. Want to know when that pear will be ripe? Simply scan it and find out. New technologies are enabling people to understand more about themselves and their surroundings – using science to make everyday tasks more informed.





  • An affordable pocket molecular sensor An affordable pocket molecular sensor

    After three years of development, the world's first cheap and accessible molecular spectrometer is entering the market. Costing just $199, the new product – named SCiO – promises to give its owner an instant chemical profile about almost anything, from food to jewellery.

  • Article image Electronic skin patch: painkillers tailored to you

    In a world where products and clothes are designed to fit every body shape and size, why does medicine still use ‘one size fits all’? Is wearable technology finally advancing to provide a more bespoke healthcare service and more personalised medicine?

  • Article image Is MC10 creating superhumans?

    Wearable tech startup MC10 works at the cross-section between health and technology. Its 'invisible' head impact indicator monitors sports players, feeding back vital data to their coaches.

  • Article image Smart Diapers: too much information?

    A new market for smart baby monitoring systems combines a thirst for data with a growing hyperawareness of health. But can a constant stream of information truly reassure anxious parents?

  • Article image Honest Tea: communicating quality and provenance

    At a time when food origins can be easily disputed, brands are increasingly eager to open up and build trust. Organic iced tea brand Honest Tea has a strong commitment to transparency.

  • Article image HealthTap: doctors on demand

    HealthTap is a website and smartphone app that allows users to quiz doctors about health concerns and get prompt answers to their queries.

  • Article image Hyperawareness of Health

    The popularity of organic food and attention to personal mental health have sharpened people’s focus on their daily wellbeing.

  • Article image Scanadu: healthcare in your hands

    A team is creating a mobile device that will diagnose ailments by being placed in close proximity to the body.