If you are tired of hearing everyday products and even our water laced with harmful, carcinogenic chemicals, you might be encouraged to learn that a company in China has just unveiled the world’s first material-sensing smartphone. Offering consumers a powerful new defense against elements that potentially undermine environmental and public health, the Changhong H2 is capable of reading the molecular makeup of just about anything—from strawberries and pills to your own body metrics. Sichuan Changhong Electric Co teamed up with ADI and Consumer Physics to develop the groundbreaking device, which is fitted with a smaller version of the SCiO sensor used in Consumer Physics’ groundbreaking pocket spectrometer.


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Consumer Physics founder and CEO Dror Sharon told Inhabitat he is extremely excited about this new release for the company.

“The main mission we have been pursuing since the company’s founding is to empower people with knowledge about materials surrounding us,” he said in an email. “The ability to scan directly through the smartphone, immediately and everywhere you are, would eventually allow access to many more and the development of many new apps.”

Like the SCiO spectrometer, which measures the light reflected off any given object, breaks down its spectrum, and then sends the ensuing information to the cloud to determine its molecular properties, the H2 will allow users to carefully evaluate everything they eat, drink, wear and more.

“It’s a smartphone that creates miracles,” according to Consumer Physics. “From identification of compositions like alcoholic drinks, to process control – with the right apps and corresponding database, it can create experiences beyond our imagination.”

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“Just as the smartphone put the power of the internet and a vast knowledge base into our pockets, this innovation will put the capability to learn about the chemical and molecular makeup of materials into the public’s hands,” Sharon added.

Sharon said the H2 is the first smartphone embedded with SCiO, but they are talking to other mobile manufacturers to equip more smartphones with the tiny material-sensing technology.

Consumer Physics says the plan is to release the H2 in China for about $435 in the middle of this year, and a phone for consumers outside of China later this year.

+ Consumer Physics

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