It would be a good thing if there was a simple and portable way to objectively and accurately assess the pungency of peppers. In fact, scientists have developed a device that can be plugged into a smartphone. The chili like prototype, called chilica pod, was developed by a team led by warakorn limburt, associate professor at Prince songka University in Thailand. < / P > < p > when the dried pepper sample is added to the ethanol solution and shaken, a drop of ethanol liquid is put on the pepper strip. The capsaicin in the sample is oxidized when mixed with graphene and nitrogen to produce an electric current — the higher the concentration of capsaicin, the higher the current. By measuring the current intensity, chilica pod can determine the capsaicin content in pepper. The information is displayed on the screen of the connected smartphone, which is currently running a dedicated app. < / P > < p > to date, the technology has been tested on six types of peppers, providing capsaicin readings that match those obtained from bulky, expensive laboratory equipment. < / P > < p > in addition to being used by consumers, grocery stores and restaurant owners, the device may also be used to produce drugs containing capsaicin. In addition, the compound is said to burn fat, relieve pain and reduce insulin peaks in diabetics. Skip to content