Galaxy S11 may be kitted with a spectrometer, to the chagrin of weed dealers

Samsung has filed a rather detailed patent for a phone that will have a small spectrometer on it, and we are going gaga over the possibility that this may end up as a part of the rumored "unseen" Galaxy S11 camera kit. We mean, forget liquid lenses, measuring our subcutaneous fat or skin moisture is where it's at, ain't we right?

In fact, the USPTO patent, dug out by LetsGoDigital, describes exactly such an application for the phone-dwelling spectrometer, and adds a few other prospective scenarios, like breaking down the protein and carb content of the culinary object, or measuring the sugar ratio of fruit.

According to Consumer Physics, the makers of the mini-spectrometer SCiO whose technology has already been tried in a phone, additional uses include analyzing drug content for counterfeits, as well as different body metrics when the phone works as a fitness sensor:

Samsung itself mentions in the patent that spectrometers have been miniaturized in recent years to the extent that they can now be kitted onto smartphones. Moreover, it lists various ways to use already existing light-emitting and receiving sensors on our phones to make the spectrometer a more feasible endeavor, rather than outfitting the handset with a full dedicated array.

In fact, there is already a phone with a SCiO spectrometer on board that we took for a spin way back at CES 2017, as you can see below, and the miniaturization technology has moved on since then, so Samsung could very well outfit one of its future phones with the option. A shopping spree in Whole Foods with said tiny spectrometer, confirmed the following abilities - again, way back in 2017:

If Samsung's tiny spectrometer will end up in the Galaxy S11 and its out of this world camera, or something in the experimental A-series, remains to be seen. The best comment on the phone with a spectrometer at the time? "My oregano-buying days are over."

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1. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Do smartphones really need that???

2. User123456789

Posts: 1029; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Probably it will just recognize for example a banana and give info from database. So if you point to one, then another banana it may give same info. Measuring levels of carbs, protein , fats and minerals is not that simple. No way a cellphone can do it ....

9. Alcyone

Posts: 499; Member since: May 10, 2018

There's alot cell phones do now that people said they wouldn't in the late 90s and early 00s. Many need maturing, but it can open a lot of doors. People that have celiacs could really use it. If it could detect gluten that could be a life saving feature to have.

16. ExpiredBabyGravy

Posts: 1; Member since: 22 hours ago

You have to think about how far technology has come throughout the past 2 decades and understand that there are things that we have today that weren't even possible a few years ago. Phones literally are millions of times more advanced than the tech that got us to the moon. I understand that you may have doubts but you have to imagine how many things we have that were thought to be impossible within the last decade but exist in the present moment. With how advanced technology is, especially tech from Samsung and Apple, I wouldn't be surprised if they do have a spectrometer that is fully functional that can be put on a cell phone since they just keep pumping out more and more advanced things each year.

3. torr310

Posts: 1680; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It ONLY raising up the pricing!

6. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Samsung putting health services in their phone as gimmick and suddenly they will remove it while apple putting health in their apple watches.

7. Vokilam

Posts: 1298; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Yeah as I was reading it made no sense for me to have this on the phone - this belongs on the smartwatch with the rest of health features.

10. Alcyone

Posts: 499; Member since: May 10, 2018

Yeah. It's a gimmick. Only been offering health features since the s5 came out in 2014. When did Apple launch the first health features on their phones?

8. Allison28

Posts: 19; Member since: May 04, 2013

Seems unnecessary and it's honestly making the phone look ugly. They should stick to similar design and features as the Note10/10+ and perfect everything.

11. Rocket

Posts: 676; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Are you kidding? The S10 5g looks hot with all its cameras, a lot better than the iPhone11 max.

12. Foxgabanna

Posts: 614; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Why do we need this in a phone?

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1936; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Don't use the spectrometer

14. Fialho

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

All we want is just a freaking battery that lasts 2 days with medium to heavy usage, and not another gimmick to justify the increased price of the phone.

15. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

its not for the guys but girls love this kind of stuff especially in korea where beauty is everything.

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