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Smartphones Poised to Shake Up Spectroscopy

BioPhotonics
Jan 2017
Spectrometers in smartphones hold promise for pathogen identification, food testing and blood glucose monitoring. Yet research-grade spectrometers still deliver superior range and resolution.

JAMES SCHLETT, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, james.schlett @photonics.com

This June will mark the 10-year anniversary of the release of Apple’s iPhone. It did not take long for this mobile operating system to earn its reputation as a disruptive innovation, with that disruption being most palpable in the digital-camera market. While worldwide shipments of digital still cameras with built-in lenses peaked in 2008 — one year after the iPhone’s launch — at 110 million, they have been rapidly declining since then, plummeting to 23.3 million in

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