A new smartphone is able to scan not only the appearance but also the chemical composition of objects around it.

Manufactured by Chinese company Changhong, the “H2” is fitted with a dedicated molecular sensor which can discover, without physical contact, information such as the sugar content of fruit, the active ingredients in medicines or the contents of a drink.

The phone’s sensor component is a newly miniaturised version of the SCiO , a handheld molecular scanning gadget developed in 2014 by Tel Aviv company Consumer Physics, which uses Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to scan objects and liquids, revealing their chemical composition through cloud-based computational analysis of the resulting data.

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