Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy: what is this?

SCiO and Spectroscopy – How does it work?

DietSensor is a third party developer on the SCiO Platform. DietSensor App was developed on top of the SCiO platform operated by Consumer Physics.

SCiO uses something called near infrared spectroscopy to determine the chemical makeup of food and drink. Each type of molecule in a food vibrates in its own unique way, and these vibrations interact with light to create a unique, optical signature. In brief, spectrometers analyze what is in a substance based on how its molecules interact with light.

This method has been used in labs throughout the world, but with very large, expensive spectrometers. We are finally able to make it available to you with the revolutionary, portable SCiO, small enough to slip into your pocket.

SCiO and You

The SCiO shines a light on the food or beverage of your choice when you click a button. Then, a tiny optical sensor (the spectrometer) collects the light reflected from the food sample. It breaks the reflected light down to its spectrum, or the array of varying wavelengths.

DietSensor builds spectrometric models that translate the resulted information into something really useful – a calorie count and the percentage of carbohydrates, fat, and protein contained in your food. This is all quickly sent and clearly displayed on the DietSensor app on your smartphone.

We are ever-expanding our database to give you the widest range of food and drink possible, so you can always get a clear readout, even for those healthy muffins you just pulled out of the oven.

The Specs: Meet SCiO

Size and Weight

54 x 36.4 x 15.4 mm

35 gr
(1.23 oz)


Wide-band NIR
Eye Safe


Near IR Spectroscopy

Scan Measurements

Time: 1.5 seconds
Distance: 5 to 15 millimeters


One week, under typical use
Charging via micro USB


For DietSensor: iPhone 5S and above
iOS9 and above
Android 5 and above (avoid Android 6 because bluetooth is unstable on this version)
Requires a Bluetooth Low Energy device


Wireless connection

Operating Temperature

41° to 95° F
(5° to 35° C)

Automatic Weighing

scale-dietsensorDietSensor provides a Bluetooth connected food scale. Although DietSensor works perfectly fine without the use of a scale, it is our goal to make our Scan & Weigh logging experience available in the App. Visit our online shop to know more about the scale.


DietSensor App Specs

5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7S Plus (iOS10 recommended, iOS9 compatible)

Android-based phones      
OS 5 or above

Download it now

You can download the DietSensor App from the Apple App Store and from Google Play.Android users can, however, pre-register and take advantage of our Early Bird offer here, which saves you 20% on the regular subscription rate when you commit for 12 months. We currently cover 19 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.


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