Spectral Engines wins €800,000 prize for The Food Scanner

23 Mar 2017

At the Horizon Prizes awards ceremony at CeBIT, Finnish company Spectral Engines was announced as the winner of the €800,000 first prize for its spectral sensing platform, known as The Food Scanner.

Spectral Engines wins €800,000 prize for The Food Scanner

The Horizon Prizes were created by the European Commission to stimulate innovation and help solve problems that concern European citizens.

At a ceremony at CeBIT, Finnish company Spectral Engines was announced as the winner of the €800,000 first prize for its spectral sensing platform, known as The Food Scanner. The solution concept comes with what the company says is the world’s smallest near-infrared spectroscopic sensing module, making it both compact and highly reliable. Employing advanced algorithms, cloud-connectivity and a vast material library, Spectral Engines says that the Food Scanner is able to detect the fat, protein, sugar and total energy content of food items at high accuracy. The solution is designed to provide people with food-related health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, allergies or hypersensitivities, with fast and relevant information about the food they consume and guidance for healthy living.

According to Spectral Engines, the Food Scanner concept, complete with the spectrometric sensor, cloud platform, software and mobile app, is ready for OEMs to integrate into their own applications such as analysers, handheld instruments, and even production lines.