Pocket power

Whether it’s to check the quality of a bottle of wine, determine whether an organic apple is really pesticide-free, or even self-diagnose a rash at home, consumer spectrometers could give the general public a range of new capabilities, as well as open up a huge market for spectroscopy.

The idea of having a spectrometer that fits into a pocket or that’s integrated within a smartphone is an exciting prospect, but is it a realistic one? Some companies have been promising these types of devices for the last few years, but currently no such pocket spectrometer exists – or at least not one that can provide consumers with information that’s genuinely useful.

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