Skip to main content

This pocket-sized sensor could help detect gluten in your food

pocket sized sensor help detect gluten food screen shot 2014 09 23 at 9 03 04 am
Good news for all you celiacs out there — a startup by the name of 6SensorLabs is currently building an affordable handheld device that will allow users to quickly and easily check foods for gluten.

Founded by MIT alums Shireen Yates and Scott Sundvor, 6SensorLabs has spent the past few years developing a chemistry-based method for detecting food allergens. To start, their first device will focus on gluten detection for people with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity, as well as non-allergic types who have simply embraced the recent anti-gluten zeitgeist.

RelatedThis tiny molecular spectrometer tells you the chemical makeup of foods

The design will undoubtedly undergo a few tweaks and changes before its finalized, but the gluten testing device will reportedly cost just $150, and consist of two parts: a sensor pod, and a number of single-use disposable testing units that users dip into their food. Once a sample is collected, the testing stick is placed in the pod, the device works its magic, and then beams the test results to your smartphone via Bluetooth. 6Sensorlabs is also building an accompanying smartphone app for the device which, in addition to displaying test data, will allow users to share test results with other users to educate them about which restaurant items are safe for those with food allergies or food sensitivity.

It’s still under development at this point, and but the company has recently raised a $4 million in seed funding to accelerate the process and help bring the product to market. If all goes well, they hope to start volume production sometime in early 2015. And gluten is just the beginning — In the future the company hopes to produce disposable testing pods for a wide range of different allergens, including things like dairy and peanuts. Find out more here.

Editors' Recommendations

Drew Prindle
Senior Editor, Features
Drew Prindle is an award-winning writer, editor, and storyteller who currently serves as Senior Features Editor for Digital…
NutriBaby is a smart baby-food processor that keeps track of all your little one’s meals
nutribaby connect smart baby food processor ces 2017

Many parents I know don’t bother to buy baby food. They prefer to toss some food in the blender until it comes out into what is often an unappetizing green slop that gets smeared all over their children’s faces. The blender works pretty well, but there’s also a device, the Babymoov NutriBaby, that is specifically designed to produce baby food. The benefit is that it steams, defrosts, and blends, all in one. It also sterilizes and warms bottles.

The NutriBaby+Connect is the company’s forthcoming product and it was on display at CES. It looks a little different from the older version, as it now has a touchscreen. One side is a steamer, the other a blender. It’s also, as the name implies, smart. Using the Happeez app, parents can find recipes for the food processor, then start steaming or blending. It has a 6.3-cup capacity and three chopping speeds.

Read more
Get your vegan on: Whole Foods Market to sell Purple Carrot vegan meal kits
purple carrot whole foods market vegan meal kits kit

Looking for a vegan meal kit but don't want to wait for shipping? Starting today, Purple Carrot meal kits will be sold at Whole Foods Market. The rollout starts today at the Whole Foods Market flagship store in Dedham, Massachusetts, and will roll out to other stores in the company's North Atlantic region.

Purple Carrot meal kits include fresh ingredients for seasonal, chef-inspired and tested vegan recipes. The ingredients are pre-measured for the recipe, saving home cooks the time it takes to look up a recipe, search for or buy the ingredients, and premeasure. It's like having a personal sous chef who gets everything ready for you to cook yourself.

Read more
Surge pricing for food delivery could be coming soon
on demand food delivery surge pricing best apps

The law of supply and demand is taking on an additional dimension with on-demand services. In theory, prices should go up when demand is greater than supply. But theory goes out the window when it gets personal -- and that's how many feel about ridesharing-service surge pricing. Even so, it now looks like surge pricing is coming for food delivery services as well, according to Venture Beat.

The diminished supply in this case, by the way, isn't prepared food, it's the drivers who deliver the meals to hungry patrons.

Read more