KNOW YOUR FOOD
CHECK YOUR FOOD AS EASILY AS YOUR EMAIL
TRACK YOUR CALORIES AND CARBOHYDRATES
GO BEYOND THE LABEL
FIND OUT WHAT'S REALLY IN YOUR FOOD
IDENTIFY FOOD SENSITIVITIES
PROVIDING THE MOST RELEVANT AND USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT FOOD
What we are developing
TellSpec Inc. is a data company that provides predictive intelligence about food. We combine NIR spectroscopy, bio-informatics techniques and deep learning algorithms to analyze consumer foods at the molecular level. We are creating the world’s first handheld device able to scan food so consumers know more about the ingredients before they buy or eat the food.
A Community Project
TellSpec’s food database grows with each scan. Beta testers and third party developers are playing a crucial role in helping to build the TellSpec global food database. These backers are some of the first to own the TellSpec food sensor and are key supporters to making this powerful tool available to the public. Our intelligent predictive modules for food analysis grow in accuracy the more food scans our food database has, so we are thankful to those who have signed up to be beta testers or a third party developers.
What the media is saying
“…get reads on nutrients, calories, and ingredients in foods…”
“The device has three components: a pocket-sized scanner to capture the spectrum of the food, a unique algorithm to analyze the data, and an app to report the findings on your smartphone computing device.”
“TellSpec is a rechargeable, handheld spectrometer that can analyze the light reflected by foods and beverages to provide information about their ingredients, calorie content, nutrients, and allergens.”
“One of the more interesting ideas that comes into play here is the database of food and ingredient information that Hoffman and her team are building for the device.”
“TellSpec is rolling out a handheld consumer food scanner that uses spectroscopy to analyze the nutrition and chemical makeup of food.”
“Handheld scanner that tells you what’s in your food – and adds diet to the developing map of health data.”
What problem can TellSpec solve?
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 about allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories, and ingredients in your food before you buy it, order it, or eat it.
How Will It Work?
When you beam the light 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 allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories, and ingredients in the food is then downloaded and displayed on your smartphone.