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.”