Any fan of 'Star Trek' can appreciate the capabilities of the tricorder, which scans just about anything to yield detailed information about the person or object under scrutiny; SCiO by Consumer Physics, a firm based in Tel Aviv, Israel, is the next best thing. It is a portable, pocket-sized device that "can scan most objects and instantly return a 'readout' of their chemical properties on your smartphone screen," according to Fast Co Design.
Recently demonstrated at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City, SCiO by Consumer Physics was created mainly out of technological curiosity. Dror Sharon of Consumer Physics reveals that they wanted to "mak[e] a spectrometer so small and cheap it could become a consumer product." This device addresses the fact that many people want to know more about what surrounds them on a daily basis.