No More Guesswork: The Food Allergen Detector

No More Guesswork: The Food Allergen Detector

Anjali Prasertong
Sep 23, 2011

Food allergies can make eating at a potluck party or buffet a frustrating and potentially dangerous experience. But what if you had a device that could sense the presence of potential allergens like nuts, eggs or soy? Swedish design student Erik Borg has come up with the concept for a food allergen detector that can do just that. Check out the commercial after the jump.

The detector is a small, handheld device that, when pointed at a dish of food, alerts the user to the presence of milk, eggs, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, peanuts, soy or wheat, the eight items that account for 90% of food allergies. "The Nose" was developed in collaboration with Philips electronics, and is unfortunately still in the conceptual stage, but the idea is so smart, we're hoping it will be a reality at some point.

Read more: Food Allergen Detector at knegadesign

Related: Help, I Have Food Allergies. What Can I Cook?

(Image: Erik Borg)

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