Buying food can be tricky business when you’re keeping an eye on your health or diet. Is that product really free of the ingredient you’re allergic to? Is there any pesticide residue on those apples you’re eyeing? Now you can find out the answers to those questions with a gadget that looks like it belongs on Star Trek.
The TellSpec Food Scanner is a handheld device that shoots a low-powered laser at the food you’re curious about, doing a CSI-style analysis that identifies allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories, and ingredients. Once the analysis is done, the info is sent, via TellSpec’s servers in the cloud, to your smartphone, computer, or tablet so that you can make food choices based on the data that was received. Using the details you provide, the scanner can even help identify food sensitivities or allergies you might not be aware of.
For the fashion-forward techies out there, being careful about your food doesn’t mean sacrificing style because the scanner is available in five different colors: black, red, white, turquoise blue, or green.
TellSpec will be available for the discerning foodie August 2014 but it can be pre-ordered now. Choose between the individual plan for $320 or the family plan for $490. For both plans, future cost of a subscription is currently planned to be $7.99 per month or $69.99 per year.