The technology that Airo aims to use to do this is called spectroscopy and basically consists in that the wristband shines LEDs located on the inside of the wristband at your veins and measures the reflections from your blood to understand what you’ve been eating. This is allegedly possible as all food that enters your body leaves its fingerprint in your blood.
In addition to this novel feature, Airo will also monitor heart-rate variance to illustrate stress levels, and also keep track of how you exercise and sleep, a function that is common on other fitness trackers.
Sounds pretty remarkable, doesn’t it? Too good to be true, if you ask us. The Airo team does not have a working prototype just yet, nor does it have an actual app to show to the press. Moreover, it does not have the funds yet.
We contacted experts and educators in the sphere of spectroscopy and they were pretty skeptical about whether this would work. The fact that there is no detailed technical information on Airo’s website does not help convince us either.
“I think it is theoretically possible, but distinguishing between fats, proteins and carbs would be very difficult especially when they’re in a mixture with other things as well,” Dr Jenny Koenig of Cambridge University told us.
Clearly, there is a mountain of challenges ahead of Airo, as many as it might sound like a pipedream at the moment, but sometimes a pipedream is the exact type of challenge technologists like to overcome.
If you trust this ambitious team of engineering graduates, you can jump in and pre-order Airo for $149 at the source link right at the bottom of the article, and thus help them tackle those challenges. The release date for Airo is set for fall 2014.