We have great news! Various essential team members have been added to our TellSpec team. One of the foremost experts in optical spectroscopy in the world, John P. Coates, joins us as VP of Hardware & Engineering. Plus a Senior Software Developer, Dan Pronovost, and a Senior Software Architect, Mark Bloore, join the Technology and Engineering Department. Also to help build our food ingredient database content for TellSpecopedia; we have hired 2 new part time Food, Health, and Environment writers: Andrew Kamphius and Johanna Sildam. Lastly we added Food Tester, Karen Cuevas who will assist in building the food database with another Food Tester and statistician, Jin Lee (Tony). Food testing and scanning is crucial to the research, development and growing sophistication of TellSpec as a biotech innovation. Keep up with us here: http://tellspec.com/team/. So stay tuned for more great news because we are about to announce even more milestones very soon!!
The TellSpec Team
Yesterday we shared with you what our new user interface looks like for consumers. The source is our TellSpec blog entries on some of the food scans and data we are compiling. The latest one was on Nori, the seaweed. We invite you review the different types of food information on our blog at http://tellspec.com/tellpec_blog/. There is a significant sample of blog entries now with food scans that have been completed during research and development.
These TellSpec blog entries are the beginning of a larger consumer resource & database called TellSpecopedia. TellSpecopedia will be your searchable database of up-to-date, authoritative information on thousands of food ingredients and their potential impact on health. In addition to the TellSpec unit itself; TellSpec Inc. wants to provide consumers a powerful new and additional tool for personal and institutional health education. Soon we will provide more information on this database. Stay tuned. The TellSpec Team
Edible seaweeds such as nori are sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and various bioactive compounds. Nori is typically made of the genus Porphyra, particularly the species Porphyra umbilicalis. This species of seaweed is a source of soluble fiber, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins, and antioxidants. It’s high fiber and low sugar content makes it a suitable snack for diabetic and carbohydrate-conscious consumers.
Hello everyone! Here are some photos of our R & D collaboration.
Here's Dr. Stephen Watson discussing the component parts of the spectrometer under discussion.
Dr. Stephen Watson again explaining some of the optical design pros and cons of a specific architecture in a collaborative meeting.
Our mathematician, Martin Merener, software manager Mark Bloore, and the Director of Software, Brian Young are regrouping post collaboration and meeting.
The TellSpec team is progressing with the miniaturization of the spectroscopy hardware and the configuring of a final TellSpec scanner. We have narrowed our choices to two different spectrometers: a laser dependent Raman and a Near Infrared (NIR) digital light processing option supplied by two different optical design manufacturers.
In the past months, we have been analyzing the accuracy and reliability of these two spectrometers solutions with the TellSpec food analysis algorithm. But in the next month we are making the decision regarding who our main optical design manufacturing partner will be.
The final decision is highly dependent on the light source question and how the light source interacts with TellSpec's food analysis engine-algorithm. The light source is a key factor for the acquisition of spectral data that is processed by our analysis engine as it comes from the foods being TellSpec'd. Thus we want to share with you a little bit of that scientific background that will be part of the basis for our decision.
Raw Material Identification (RMID) is one of the most important quality control aspects in food, pharmaceuticals, and chemical manufacturing that use two primary forms of complementary spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy is a vibrational technique relying on the non-elastic scattering of photons from a laser source. Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is a technique that uses the absorption of light which allows deeper penetration of the source of light into the material. However, both of these have their advantages and disadvantages and are complementary to each other depending on the raw material. We are weighing those differences and complementary technological specifications against issues of data quality, volume production feasibility with target manufacturing partner, and of course all relevant cost structures.
Thus our delivery schedule may be a bit delayed because we are considering the best consumer options for the final product. We are confident that our customers will agree that at this stage it is worth taking the time now to explore the best solutions for both the optical - light source question and the total manufacturing solution. Thank you for your patience as we continue to firm up the hardware, software, and assembly decisions.
Stay tuned for more news and some pictures next week! The TellSpec Team