The Smart Food Scale will have +/- 1g (0.035oz) of precision and a capacity of 15lbs/7kg. There's been some interest in higher precision (0.1g), but after much research and consulting with experts we're still convinced 1g precision is the right choice.
1. Affordable scales that offer 0.1g of precision usually have a max weight capacity of 100g to 500g. That's just over 1lb. This max capacity is obviously not enough for most cooking and baking needs.
(NOTE: When looking at other scales, don't mistake 0.1g with 0.1oz accuracy! Some manufacturers state 0.1oz accuracy. We'll have 0.035oz of precision.)
2. The size of 0.1g accuracy scales is usually very small. Internal components are so expensive that the scale surface needs to be small to be able to reach that accuracy. And since most of these scales are limited to 500g of capacity, they're generally used for jewelry and other light but valuable goods.
3. If you're going to make a scale accurate to 1/10th of a gram AND have a capacity of 15lbs/7kg, the cost goes into several hundreds of dollars because you've just made a laboratory grade scale. We're trying to keep our MSRP at $99.
4. We talked to several chefs, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, tea shops and nutritionists, and they all agree that there isn't a need for 0.1g precision given what we're trying to accomplish. In their opinion being 10x more accurate does not add enough value to justify the cost to the target consumer.
We understand some of you will still want a scale with 0.1 of accuracy instead of the standard 1g. Unfortunately, this isn't going to be that scale. On the plus side, for the vast majority of you, 1g precision (the weight of a paperclip) is very much going to be as accurate as you'll ever need.