Both individual scans, and whole samples can be deleted from SCiO Lab and from SCiO Lab Mobile.

As Scans are the building blocks of samples, they are accessed via the Samples tab in both applications.

To delete a scan from either SCiO Lab or SCiO Lab Mobile, select the Data Collection where the sample scan you want to delete exists.

  1. From within the Data Collection that contains the Sample you wish to delete, select the Samples tab.
  2. Select the Sample that contains the scan you want to delete from the list.
  3. Select the scan you want to delete and click Delete Scan.
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Sample tab view, Scan view mode

Scans can also be deleted from the Spectrum tab view. To delete from the Spectrum tab, navigate to the Sample that contains the scan you want to delete from the Spectrum Tab. Select the scan to delete from the graph view and click on its spectra. A new window will open with information about the scan and will fade the other scans from the graph view. Select More and the delete scan option will display as shown below. Delete the scan.

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Spectrum tab view

Delete Sample_Spectrum Flow

Spectrum tab view, Scan data mode

To delete a Sample from SCiO Lab Mobile:

  1. Tap the Data Collection with the Sample that contains the Scan you wish to delete.
  2. Tap the Sample that contains the Scan you wish to delete.
  3. Tap the Scan to be deleted in the list of Scans for that Sample. Delete the Scan using the trash icon on the bottom of the screen.

In addition to the scanning instructions as shown above, here are some of the best practice tips and tricks from other SCiO users in the field.

When you get this…Do this:
CalibrationCalibrate your SCiO with the SCiO Cover.
Weak SignalYou are trying to scan something that has almost no reflectance. Try from a different angle or pick a new sample material.
Invalid ScanHold SCiO steady, make sure the illumination light is pointed at your sample, make sure your SCiO is the correct distance from the sample (1cm/0.5”) from sample. If in direct sunlight, shade your SCiO or try to block some of the light.
SCiO doesn’t show up in your phone sync list Turn your phone Bluetooth off and then back on. Turn SCiO off and then back on.
SCiO flashes red and won’t turn onYour SCiO needs power. Charge!

Create a Scan

Scans are the building blocks of Samples, from which we create a Data Collection, and from there build models. So in order to create a new scan, a data collection has to exist within your SCiO Lab collection into which to scan. Samples are therefore created within the Data Collection you choose when you take your first scan.

To create a scan in the SDK:

  1. From SCiO Lab mobile, tap the data collection you want to scan into.
  2. Tap NEW SAMPLE.
  3. Complete the attributes of the sample you intend to scan. Don’t forget the photo!
  4. Tap NEXT.
  5. Calibrate if needed.
  6. Position your Sample and your SCiO and tap SCAN.
  7. Scan the sample from slightly different angles up to 3 times.
  8. When finished, tap DONE.

Your scan(s) are now saved and a new sample has been created.  To access the scans, select the sample and choose any one of the scans you created from the scan list. To add further scans to a sample, tap the  + button in the bottom right corner.

Scans, are the action of using your SCiO Sensor to create a spectral fingerprint of a Sample.

Each scan produces a slightly different spectral fingerprint. Even when the same sample is scanned more than 1 time.

Scans are the building blocks of the SCiO experience. Multiple scans of the same material make up Samples. Samples are then grouped into Data Collections and from Data Collection, we build molecular sensing models.

The following SCiO Lab Mobile screen shows a single scan, which is one of three scans of a Sample of a Calcite gemstone. The current scan is represented by dark blue on the graph, while all of the other scans of the data collection are light grey.

One Scan of a Calcite Sample

Now that you have scanned and received your results, let’s review the data and learn more about how you can use the features available to analyze it.

Note:While it is easier and more comprehensive to review scan data in SCiO Lab, SCiO Lab Mobile can also be used for this purpose. 

Click the data collection to view the summary data for the collection.


Understanding the Data Collections summary screen.

  1. Select the attribute in the drop-down list to group the scan data by. (In this case, we group by Fat).
  2. The attribute description. In this case, the percentage of fat in the sample material.
    Tip: Use meaningful names for your attributes. 
  3. Click Test Model to test a model you’ve already created on a new sample.
    Note: Test scans are not added to the collection. 
  4. Click the Spectra icon to go to spectra view.
  5. The total number of scans for that attribute.
  6. Click to add new scan data.


Clicking the Spectra icon displays the spectra details


Tip: When you rotate your phone to landscape view, SCiO Lab Mobile provides a legend shows you the spectra with the processing algorithms. Tapping the standard share icon will also allow you to share the scan. The spectra legend and spectra share functionality are not available in portrait mode.

SCiO scan records (spectra) look like this:
Landscape with legend


You can see and select specific data points on the spectrum field.


SCiO Lab Mobile allows you to share your scans with the world. To share a scan, shift your smartphone to landscape view and use the share icon to share your spectra via social media or email.

Share icon from landscape view