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September 30, 2010

Thermo Scientific FirstDefender Raman System Handheld Chemical Analyzer

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Wrote Aaron Rowe in the October 2010 issue of Wired magazine, this is "a device that instantly IDs anything from cocaine to nerve gas. It zaps the unidentified substance with a laser and reads the wavelength that bounces back to determine what the stuff is."

From the website: "Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RMX is the company's next generation Raman instrument for rapid, accurate identification of unknown chemicals, with the added flexibility of a fixed probe. FirstDefender RMX is significantly faster, smaller and lighter than the flagship FirstDefender®, and can be mounted to select tactical robots or be used in handheld point-and-shoot or vial mode."

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$32,000.

Some information does not want to be free.

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If this comes down in price like oximeters did - we're a decade away from zapping wines, fish and spirits - to hold the restaurants to their claims.

In the meantime, this critter could revolutionize the small vineyard, craft brewery and craft spirits world...

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 30, 2010 4:47:43 PM

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