Dear Clean Food Followers and Tellspec Pioneers!

Since our last update, we’ve been working very hard to develop our TellSpec food scanner with the Texas Instruments DLP chipset. We have engaged optical specialists to miniaturize the optical design for the DLP chip-set, and retained design houses to develop for mechanical and electrical design to be integrated with the DLP optical design. Meanwhile we have been strengthening our algorithms with further strategies, and started porting our software to address scalability. In addition, we have been collecting more food data for the TellSpec food databank.

We’ve made meaningful progress on a number of fronts and have added significant human resources including a VP of Software, two machine learning specialists, and a quantitative analyst and developer, as well as several food testers to our team.

Unfortunately, miniaturization using TI DLP chipset has been more difficult than expected. So we are currently finalizing a feasibility study to give us answers on whether it is possible to use the current DLP technology and deliver a size that is acceptable to the consumer. We want everyone to understand that TellSpec is still very committed to the TI’s DLP technology.

As a result, we have made alternative arrangements to work with a global leader in optical sensing technologies to concurrently develop the beta and developer versions of TellSpec’s food scanners. This alternative does not use DLP technology but it will also be an NIR spectrometer with the same 900-1700 nm wavelengths. This alternative technology, which will be delivered to ONLY beta testers and developers, will still run our food analysis algorithms but these units may be a larger size than previously expected. Although the beta and developer versions are not using DLP technology, we are still very committed to delivering to end users the DLP technology in our future version, pending, of course, the results of current feasibility study.

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With this in mind, TellSpec’s goal is to be similar to Microsoft’s open operating system where our food analysis algorithm will be easily used with data collected by any NIR spectrometer hardware with the same wavelength. We welcome groups to discuss with us how to license our food analysis engine.

If you are the select group of special customers who Pre-Ordered our scanners; we will start to ship the first sets of TellSpec scanners by the end of the 1st Quarter in 2015. Other consumers wanting to pre-order a scanner will have to wait until later this year to be able to so. No additional Pre-Orders are being processed until later this year.

Thank you for continuing to motivate and inspire us. We also want to thank Texas Instruments for collaborating with us very closely and continuing to support our clean food mission.

Isabel Hoffman, Founder and CEO of TellSpec, Inc.

7 replies
  1. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    Could these spectrometers be programmed to detect specific foods or chemicals? My daughter in law is deathly allergic to the herb, sage. It triggers a severe asthma attack. It would be such a blessing if we could know ahead of time if a food is hazardous to her health.

    Reply
    • TellSpec Staff
      TellSpec Staff says:

      WE ARE NOT A MEDICAL device. NO one should depend on TellSpec for DEFINITIVE ingredient information. Please remember we are a consumer aid in telling you about what’s in your food and not a scientific medical device.
      We are working on building the food composition database first with macronutrients like calories, carbs, fats, proteins, sugars etc as a target variable and adding other top usda allergens with more and more food data being compiled slowly. Then we will be adding other additives perhaps in Phase 2 or 3. We will not be able to detect trace amounts of any allergen in Year 1 because the food database has to be crowd sourced to become more accurate and that takes time.

      Since TELLSPEC is designed to measure small portions of a target food on a dish at a time, it cannot guarantee the absence of specific molecules in your plate. At this time, TELLSPEC can analyze and tell you the major components of foods and will gradually getting better and better at other food variables.

      Thank you so much for the follow and support. Blessing to you and your family!

      Reply
  2. Guy Graves
    Guy Graves says:

    I see the potential to demonstrate (and market) the product in San Antonio TX who annually host multiple millions international visitors. The SpecScanner would be demonstrated and “leased” during the candidates visit. The value and effectiveness would be tested on local cuisine and the individuals’ normal diet. Product marketing analysis could be routed back to Tellspec. We would process orders for product sale.

    Please consider us for Beta demo site.

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    • TellSpec Staff
      TellSpec Staff says:

      Thank you for your kind offer. Once the go to market TellSpec scanners are manufactured (next year); feel free to contact us again and review the idea. Your interest is appreciated.

      Reply
    • TellSpec Staff
      TellSpec Staff says:

      The specs for betas will NOT be the same as final products. So specs for our limited edition betas are not relevant for go to market scanners. Thank you for support.

      Reply

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