We all know how annoying it is when our produce goes bad and how bad we feel that we’ve wasted food or money..
In recent news, Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology aka MIT have created a device that has the ability to sensor and detect if your produce is ripe or not. A device like can only benefit man kind by helping us be more efficient and accurately track our food supply. In theory this should lead to less food being thrown away because its spoiled.
The way the sensor works is by detecting the levels of ethylene, a hormone that fruits and vegetables produce as the ripen, the produce is releasing. The ethylene is a strong indication whether they are not yet ripe or not. According to Jenny Wilson of SmartPlanet.com, “Tested on pears, bananas, avocados, apples, and oranges, the sensor was successful in measuring how much ethylene was secreted.”
Timothy Swager, the MIT chemistry professor who led the project along with a group of students, “envisions the inexpensive sensors attached to cardboard boxes of produce and scanned with a handheld device that would reveal the contents’ ripeness.” It’s a very cool and efficient idea to invision. The produce carriers could instantly make decisions on which products can be offered at a discount and which can be thrown off the shelf.
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