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Hertzstück™ can see things that the human eye cannot. Learn more about Hertzstück™.

BASF’s start-up, trinamiX, has developed a miniaturized infrared sensor named Hertzstück™.

Knowledge is a key for making informed and healthy life decisions. But sometimes, visible information is not enough. With Hertzstück™, we are determined to provide a new, empowering knowledge tool which enables all of us to better control the things we eat, the clothes we wear or the medicines we take. By using near-infrared spectroscopy and transforming the spectra into data that everyone can understand, Hertzstück™ makes the invisible visible and broadens our knowledge of the world around us.

The concept is simple: Short-wave infrared light is used to illuminate to a sample – in this case a cup of curd. The molecules in this sample start moving and reflect a part of the light. This answer is detected by the sensor Hertzstück™ in the form of a spectrum. A software on the smartphone transforms this spectrum into an information, everyone can understand: This curd contains 20 percent fat and lots of protein!

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