Testing Fruit and Vegetable Ripeness becomes Hi-tech

How do you check the ripeness of a bunch of bananas or avocados before putting them into your shopping basket? Most of us either sniff the fruit or push it with our thumb to check for ripeness. However, a new scanner has been introduced that can sense whether fruits and vegetables are ripe without human touch.

The device, SCiO, developed by an Israeli company called Consumer Physics is a molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand and reads the chemical make-up of materials. It is a non-intrusive, no-touch optical sensor that provides a seamless user experience. SCiO can also get nutritional facts about different kinds of food including dairy products, fruits and vegetables. It can identify capsules containing medicine and nutritional supplements. The developers of the device, Consumer Physics, said it could also tell you how sweet a piece of fruit is, or how many calories are in it.

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