|a mobile food scanner for safe eating.|
| Posted on 19/04/2014 - 20:18|
A food scanner for mobile use to check for contaminants. A DIY open source kit sent via the internet. This could also be used for foraging in the wild for safe wild food, e.g mushrooms.
Food and water quality is a real issue world wide, especially in places like China. There have been several food scares in the last few years and much paranoia regarding potential future dangers. For example, the New Zealand Fonterra’s baby milk powder botulism contamination. My plan is to design and develop a tool to empower people to understand what they are buying and eating and have the choice to go elsewhere, or not eat the food, if they are not happy with the results. Or for foraging to identify safe food in the wild.
Target group and social impact
The target group is the general public who are empowered through this open source product to take control of their own health and safety in their lives. It gives a collective voice to improve health and safety standards in food processes.
Competences of the applicant
Ms. Saoirse Higgins, Senior Lecturer Creative Media, School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. Artist and designer from Dublin. She has a background in product design with a MA Interactive Media from the Royal College of Art and MSc Creative Media Arts and Sciences, Media Lab, MIT, Boston. Professor Chris Smith, Director, Manchester Food Research Centre, Professor of Food Science, MMU.
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