The fight against fake handbags and counterfeit goods just stepped up a level, with the development of a new electromagnetic scanner.
Created by the UK's National Physical Laboratory, the terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (sexy name, eh?) can detect a knock-off by reading the composition of a handbag's fabric.
A profile can be built for specific products, so that when the electromagnetic radiation beam scans a fake Chanel for example, it can be compared against the profile of the real deal.
With counterfeit goods believed to be costing the British fashion industry a whopping £3.5 billion each year, it's thought the technology will eventually be used by customs officials at airports.
So what do you think? Reckon you could spot a fake without a fancy scanner?
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