Californian tech start-up One X has launched a device that checks antioxidant levels in the body by 'reading' the skin on the palm of the hand. It works by analysing carotenoids – critical skin molecules that change from positive to negative according to external factors like sun exposure, alcohol, smoking, exercise, stress and diet.
The device syncs to an app, which provides users with advice on how to improve day-to-day habits such as eating and exercise based on the reading's results. The One X can be used by multiple individuals as it's activated via fingerprint technology. Funded on Indiegogo and retailing at $149, the device follows on from a surge in the development of wearable intelligent trackers. For more, see Wearable Technology Show 2016.
As explored in Intelligent Eating, part of our New Food Frontiers Industry Trend report, consumers are enthusiastically embracing products and services that enable self-care and preventative health. See Culinary Consciousness for more.