Food and drugs scanner to be unveiled in 2016

California-based technology startup Stratio Inc is set to unveil its first product called LinkSquare at the 2016 International CES in Las Vegas. LinkSquare is an infrared scanner that could determine the composition of food, pharmaceuticals, and physical objects and would communicate the data to the users’ smartphone. The scanner could be used for verifying the authenticity of any such material.
The device uses a germanium-based Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) image sensor to illuminate an object and capture its response to light. Each type of molecule vibrates in its own way, and these vibrations interact with light to create a unique “optical fingerprint.” Stratio was founded in 2013 by four Stanford University electrical engineering doctoral students.