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China’s biggest search engine may have an ingenious way of helping consumers avoid food poisoning and tainted water while also improving their diets.
Baidu, like its Silicon Valley counterpart Google, is investing heavily in the development of autonomous vehicles and in augmented reality smart headsets. However, Google is yet to publicly announce plans to develop smart cutlery.
The idea behind Baidu’s smart chopsticks, which the company will be marketing as Baidu Kuaisou, is to act as a food safety device, essentially telling you if the meal you’re about to tuck into is tainted.
In a speech on Sept 3 at Baidu’s annual technology conference attended by the Wall Street Journal, the company’s CEO Robin Li said: “In the future, via Baidu Kuaisou, you’ll be able to know the origin of oil and water and other foods – whether they’ve gone bad and what sort of nutrition they contain.”
The chopsticks aren’t yet ready for mass production but a video shows that when they do hit the shelves they will be very simple to use. Connecting wirelessly to a smartphone or desktop app, when the chopsticks come into contact with an oil or water that is in some way tainted, the app warns that the food is bad, and if no toxins or impurities are detected, the app sounds the all-clear.
To make things even simpler the chopsticks also have an integrated light that glows blue or red to indicate if something is safe or potentially unsafe.
As well as spotting potential toxins, Baidu wants the device to highlight nutrition too. The chopsticks will come with a base unit for charging that can also be used to test solid, non-liquid items like fruits and vegetables. – AFP/RelaxNews
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