We are raising funds for the development and manufacture of TellSpec, the world’s first reliable and accurate handheld device that scans and analyzes the composition of food so consumers know the real ingredients before they buy or eat the food. TellSpec brings together laser spectroscopy and a unique mathematical algorithm in a revolutionary system that can analyze the chemical composition of any food. This system consists of a convenient handheld wireless scanner communicating with a fast cloud analysis engine. These work together to gather the spectrum of your food, analyze that spectrum, and display information about the food in an easy-to-understand interface on your smart phone.
You want to know what’s in your food before you buy it, before you order it, and before you eat it – because the quality of your health depends on what you eat. Many foods contain chemicals and allergens that you want to avoid, but it can be difficult to know whether these chemicals and allergens are in your food or not. How can you tell if your food contains the nutrients you need? What about things like sodium or trans fats that you might be trying to avoid? Food labels can give us some information if they’re available, but they are not always intelligible and some ingredients may not even be reported. TellSpec tells you the allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories, and ingredients in your food before you buy it, order it, or eat it.
When you beam the low-powered laser in the TellSpec scanner at a food product, some of the photons in the light are absorbed, which raises the energy states of the molecules in the food. Lower energy photons are then emitted back. The spectrometer inside the TellSpec scanner sorts these photons by wavelength and counts them. The resulting numbers, called a spectrum, describe the chemical compounds in the food. This spectrum is uploaded to TellSpec’s analysis engine where it’s analyzed and correlated with other reference spectra. Information about the allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories, and ingredients in the food is then downloaded and displayed on your smart phone.
Each time you scan food products, you improve TellSpec’s food analysis system. The system compiles all the data and learns from each scan, making the analysis more accurate and more detailed with each scan. Every time you scan, you not only learn about what’s in your food, you also help others learn what’s in their food. Typical food varies in different regions of the world, so TellSpec users benefit most from data collected from users in their region with similar food habits. By distributing TellSpec scanners globally, the food analysis system will be learning and providing useful information about typical foods from everywhere.
In regions such as the developing world, food quality is a major health issue. If we can get scans of food from those regions, the system can compile data that improves the analysis of the quality of that food and helps address that issue. That’s why some of the pledges in our Indiegogo campaign include the donation of a scanner to one of our partners in the developing world.
—Ray Psonak DO (Gray, Maine)
“TellSpec will revolutionize the way we all eat and the food we shop. Knowing what is in our food from sugars, trans fats, toxic chemicals to allergens is an essential and important information for anyone that wants to stay healthy. Congratulations!”
—A. Belzuzarri, M.D. (Marbella, Spain)
“This device looks too good to be true! Can you please send me information on its reliability and when it will be available for purchase? I have many patients who would love such as device!”
—Dr. Leila Masson, M.D., MPH, FRACP, FAAP, DTMH, IBCLC (Spain)
“Wow – so exciting about your new technology. I specialize in food and chemical allergies, clinical nutrition, environmental and lifestyle medicine. Yes, count me too!”
—Dr. Susanne Bennett, CEO and Founder of The Wellness For Life Centre (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
“Finally a device that can help those that are concerned about how to avoid toxic chemicals in their food. This disruptive technology is going to help so many of us to eat better and have a better health. Well done!”
—Gary Osborn, President, Texas Institute of Functional Medicine (Dallas, TX, USA)
“I think “responsible” food manufacturers would welcome these gadgets in grocery stores for customers to use “free of charge”. This would help people to monitor their consumption of undesirable additives, etc.”
—Pat Whitehouse (UK)
“I can’t even begin to imagine the complexity of what you report to have accomplished. If you can reliably and affordably accomplish what you have described, your product would disrupt multiple markets like no other device in history. … I would like to stay in touch and see if we can help you accomplish your mission so that we can eventually bring your technology to the task of improving the quality of the food that people use to fuel their bodies.”
—Jim Meehan, MD, founder of CatalystMD and the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Prevently.com (MA, USA)
“Thank you for your incredible work. In light of an almost complete lack of oversight in this area, there are not words to convey the gratitude that you and your team are owed. Your daughter and countless children and families around the world are lucky to have you.
Your team is extraordinary.
With heartfelt thanks.”
—Robyn O’Brien (Co, USA)