The SCiO Pocket Molecular Sensor SCiO is made to analyze ... everything. Wondering how nutritious that food is, if that plant needs water, or just what that misplaced pill is? SCiO claims to be able to tell you all of those things+ more. You just scan the item in for 2 seconds, then check your phone It's actually a miniature spectroscope. Like the laboratory-grade models it's based on, it works by shining near-infrared light on materials, exciting their molecules in the process.