Magnifico Reader

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About this app

MagnificoReader helps you to choose healthy food and drinks by detecting the incorporated additives. This app combines an intelligent magnifying glass for improved readability and a database with comprehensive explanation of the food additive properties and possible hazards. MagnificoReader works autonomously on a smart phone without internet connection and thus protects your privacy.

How to use MagnificoReader:
Open the app and align the pointer with the word to scan. If needed, improve the focus by pushing the left-side button. The usual distance to get the best focus is 10-15 cm. The magnified image of the text appears on the top of the screen. After few seconds the E-code of the detected additive comes out on the screen. Go to a list of possible additives by pushing the right-side button. On the right of each additive a button with symbol will link you to additional information. A button "green apple " shows for additives considered safe; an "orange check mark" - for additives with not fully understood properties or controversial information; a "red cross mark" - for additives considered potentially dangerous from a large number of sources.

All-in one: magnifying glass, scanner and additive database
Easy to use
Internet connection is not required

This application is developed as a project of Social-IN3 cooperative:
We are grateful to Prof. Lovis, University Hospitals of Geneva, for the helpful discussion and advices.
Text recognition is based on Tesseract OCR

The permission of using information and data for additives from is kindly acknowledged. The application also contains information from Open Food Facts database which is available at under the Open Database License: ODbL
Updated on
Apr 26, 2017

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What's new

Update the data base
Improve the user interface
Fix minor bug concerning detection of light text on dark background