Can I have more than one SCiO Sensor synced to my phone?

Absolutely. You can sync as many SCiOs as you have to your phone. However each SCiO sensor can only be synced to one phone at a time.

What researcher development tools are available with my SCiO?

The SCiO Researcher DevKit includes the content of the DevKit with additional functionality intended for researchers with extensive knowledge of spectroscopy optics, molecular sensing modelling and algorithms.

  • SCiO Lab – a web app for molecular sensing modeling
  • SCiO Mobile Lab – a mobile app for developers
  • Mobile DevKit for iOS and Android – for mobile app development
  • The ability to publish and share models via the cloud
  • Support from the Consumer Physics team
  • PLUS the ability to download the spectra of samples scanned to the computer for use with the researcher’s tools of choice

SCiO Software Components

SCiO Lab SCiO web application for creation of forms, data analysis and discovery within SCiO Universe.
SCiO Lab mobile SCiO mobile application for sync capabilities between SCiO Sensor, and SCiO Cloud/Universe. Input of sample data, retrieval of scan data and review of scan results.
SCiO AppsSCiO Universe Consumer Applications and additional functionality.
SCiO Mobile SDKSCiO's mobile app development environment, including APIs for building your own app models

SCiO Hardware Components



Product Function

SCiO Sensor

World’s first handheld molecular sensor. Contains SCiO optical head, illumination LED,  wireless antenna, internal rechargeable battery, on/off/mode button, charging LED and charge point.

SCiO Cover

Don’t leave home without it! Calibration device, cover and protective sleeve for your SCiO Sensor.

SCiO Solid Sample Holder

Ensures proper placement of capsules, pills, gems and small sample materials that might otherwise roll or move. The solid sample holder should NOT be used for liquids or non-solids of any type.

SCiO Charging Cable

Specially designed SCiO USB charging cable.

What is the minimal amount of samples I need to scan to create a working chemometric model?


As a rule of thumb, you should scan as many samples as possible, with a minimum of at least 40 unique samples, to prove feasibility. However, the DevKit will allow you to analyze your collection even with just two unique samples (one per group) if you want to test for classification, and a few samples for estimation (assuming their numerical attribute value is different enough to create a model).

Note: using only two samples for modelling is not recommended, we made it possible so that as a first time user it would be easier to experience an initial development flow using SCiO Lab, but it should not be considered best (or even good) practice.

What are the key points for a good data collection?


  • Data. As much as possible, and as varied as possible. This point is critical for the success of your data collections. By data, we mean both spectra and meta-data (attributes). The spectra should be scanned properly and the meta-data should be obtained from a reliable source (such as an  external lab or a different measurement device, etc.).
  • Choosing the right preprocessing when analyzing your data and building your models. SCiO Lab provides a few predefined types of preprocessing (Processed and Normalized). Processed is mainly useful for estimation models in which we assume the Beer-Lambert equation holds. Normalized is useful mainly for classification models. Sometimes , the use of both “processed” and “normalized” is needed when there is variance in the optical path of your samples.
  • Using the Expert mode to create your own preprocessing method might also be useful for certain models.


Can you help me with the analysis?

Yes, you can contact us at  and request assistance from one of our scientists with a specific analysis. It is advisable to add a description of the model you are trying to build so that we can help you more effectively.

NOTE: By asking for our assistance, you allow us one-time  access to the data collections within your SCiO account for the sole purpose of helping you.

Will you provide me tools to build and test models?

YES, in the first version of SCiO Lab you will have the ability to analyze your data and build a chemometric model. You can also test your model from SCiO Lab mobile app, or from your own mobile application (using the mobile DevKit)

I want to analyze my data with my own tools, can I do that?


Absolutely, with a Researcher SCiO License you can download your data by selecting your collection, going to the samples view, and clicking on the download button.

If you would like further information or advice, please contact our support team


Can SCiO work with an external light source?

No, SCIO has an embedded light source which is synced with the operation of the device and the algorithms that are used to derive the spectrum rely on the usage of SCiO’s proprietary light source. External light sources are cancelled out by the built in ambient light cancellation algorithm and using them will result in an error message.