What’s in my Apple?

The old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a popular one. This week TellSpec is taking a look at that apple and discussing some of the benefits and drawbacks to which your daily apple might lead.

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TellSpec Findings:

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10 replies
  1. Dave kliman
    Dave kliman says:

    What about wax on the skin, or any insecticides, herbicides, roundup, etc? Will it detect the differences between an organic and poison grown apple?

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    • TellSpec Staff
      TellSpec Staff says:

      All of those are great additions to the list of target applications and ingredients or food composition to be identified. We are designing simple food geographies that TellSpec will cover in the first year based on the technology’s limitation for the first prototype. But as all technology gets better, faster, smaller (some of the time) and more sophisticated…so too will we!! Our blog on the Tellspec website is a great example of what we CAN currently identify. http://tellspec.com/tellpec_blog/

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  2. Justin Baraglia
    Justin Baraglia says:

    I’m most interested to know how many vitamins and minerals the apple contains. If there are any pesticides and if the apple is GMO. Is the device capable of that?

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    • TellSpec Staff
      TellSpec Staff says:

      Those are some big goals to do ALL IN ONE! Iteration 1 (first model) can do some vitamins and some minerals, some pesticides, but not GMO. Right now we are working with metrics of some ingredients and presence of others. The details depend on the ingredient at this point but we are refining and BUILDING the food data banks and all of our metrics and standards for food composition. Remember we are a start-up with an incredible biotech device used for the first time with consumers and used for the first time with a real-time food analysis engine. So everything we do…. we are building from scratch. Please be patient with our developmental stages and understand that we have a lot of technological and architectural balls to juggle. We appreciate your support, enthusiasm and interest.

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  3. Jason
    Jason says:

    If you scan an apple once and see that it has preservatives, if you wash and clean it thoroughly, will the application tell you that the presence of the preservatives is diminished or gone? In other words, could you use the application to keep checking the apple until the preservatives are gone?

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    • TellSpec Staff
      TellSpec Staff says:

      In theory but sometimes preservatives are not just residues right? So we would have to design food scanning experiments to test these exact conditions (good idea actually and will be logged) to reveal on our smartphone app (still developing) your suggestions. Right now we are working with metrics of some ingredients and presence of others. The details depend on the ingredient at this point but we are refining all of our standards. Remember we are a start-up with an incredible biotech device used for the first time with consumers and used for the first time with a real-time food analysis engine. So everything we do…. we are building from scratch. Please be patient with our developmental stages and understand that we have a lot of technological and architectural balls to juggle. We appreciate your support, enthusiasm and interest.

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  4. joe
    joe says:

    i understand that is gives you an accurate calorie count per “x” grams, or 100g in this case, but is it able to give a total calorie count of the food in front of you without having to measure by weight. For example lets say that apple was 90g, would the tell spec be able to tell you that it was 90 grams and it was around 46 calories instead of giving you calories per a certain amount of that item. That could be a big selling problem if all it does is give estimates based on weight as that is possible with apps in the market currently. If it could somehow count for say all the calories in a plate of food at a buffet, it would sell amazingly.

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    • TellSpec Staff
      TellSpec Staff says:

      Hi Joe. Let us learn to walk first before we run. The issue of volume of food has been discussed. That is a future direction to definitely build into another iteration of the device. But for now we have our hands full bringing to market the first handheld spectrometer for consumers. The miniaturization and basic functions are year one goals. Like any new technology it will take time to make better, more sophisticated, and more user friendly. Thank you for your interest!

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  5. Remy
    Remy says:

    Hi, I love TellSpec
    but in the apple example, I don’t understand the nutrition facts shown by Tellspec : it says 100% carbs 0% protein 0% fat. But We know that 100g of apple brings 10g of carbs. How could we retrieve the amount of eaten carbs with Tellspec ?

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