A sample is the unique physical matter or object to be scanned with SCiO. For example one unique gemstone, pill, bar of chocolate or apple. Two different pieces of quartz, would be two quartz samples. In the case of pills, two pills from the same bottle, stored under the same conditions etc. would be one sample.
Within each data collection, each sample must be unique in that it must have at least one unique attribute that makes it distinct from another sample in the database.
In the case where you are building a data collection of apples, you’ll need at least one unique attribute about each apple to be able to create a sample from it within SCiO Lab. For example, a scan from the outer surface (skin) of the apple, the inner flesh, or a bruised area.