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The Pocket-Size SCiO Could Tell You If Your Drugs Are Pure

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thebriang

Jan 11, 2017, 12:44 PM
its not a real NIR spectrometer, it can only "detect" things that have previously been loaded into its database of "scans". Looks like many people are getting awful results with it, so it may get better in time for commonly scanned items, but I don't really need it to tell me an apple is an apple.
What good is a pill detector that can only identify a pill that has already been detected previously? What if its a mixture of drugs, like in a powder? Or a substance they havent loaded into the database?

Meh.
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Rich Brome

Jan 12, 2017, 10:29 AM
I think it is "a real NIR spectrometer", but otherwise you are correct about its limitations.

Still, if you create an app trained to know what pure/perfect MDMA or heroin looks like, it should be able to tell you if that's what you have, or if you have something else (that could kill you.)

Also, if an app can be trained to tell you how sweet a strawberry is (it can, I witnessed that demo,) then it should be able to tell you how potent your marijuana is, for example.

I'm not a drug user myself, but these use cases seem like they would be very useful to some people, or at least interesting to those working in harm reduction.
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