Can this new food sensor change the way we eat?

Can this new food sensor change the way we eat?

Although they are small and thin (and are getting even smaller and thinner), our smartphones are powerful things. With a tap and swipe, they enable us to meet future partners, rent rooms, share food, travel the world, and connect with billions of people.

We haven’t even scratched the surface with the possibilities of mobile technology, and there’s so much more to unlock, download and explore. With an appetite for meaningful apps growing and growing, and consumers becoming more conscientious with their diet and health, will the next mobile tech revolution involve our taste buds? The brainy folks at trinamiX think so.

They have pioneered Hertzstück™, a wafer-thin infrared sensor technology, which can be integrated into a handheld device to serve as a portable analytical tool you can carry in your pocket. The near infrared sensor allows people to scan food (without compromising the food) and within seconds, reveal the properties and ingredients hidden within that food.

Why is this relevant you ask? It might very well transform the way we eat and buy food.

Imagine you’ve just turned vegan and want to check for any rogue gelatine ingredients lurking in your grub; perhaps you have a gluten or lactose intolerance, and want to know the composition of your food to avoid gastrointestinal problems; maybe you want to be exposed to the concealed saturated fats and trans fats in your food that could scupper your diet? The possibilities are endless for this tech.

The sensor can also be used to monitor the quality of food and improve processes of traceability. Did you know that 80% of the Italian extra virgin olive oil on the market is neither Italian, not virgin? In fact, it’s worse than that. Much of the oil is not virgin (let alone not extra virgin) it’s not even olive oil. It’s in fact industrial seed oil, such as soybean oil, with chlorophyll added, to give it a greenish tinge. Gross.

It’s been a ‘well oiled’ criminal endeavour that has been perfected for many years and is set to be halted with this new infrared sensor technology.

Even though the tech is at the prototype stage, trinamiX believes its ground-breaking technology will be built-in to mobile phones of the future in 4 years’ time. Enough time to churn out some more fraudulent oil before the game is up!

To learn more about trinamiX and BASF, head to their website: www.basf.com/hertzstueck