Ever buy fresh meat or fish and then forget to put it in the freezer after a couple days? An upcoming product called Peres could help you make a decision about whether to keep it (yum!) or toss it (because of potential food poisoning).
Peres is an “electronic nose” — yes, an e-nose — that helps you to determine the current quality of meat, poultry and fish. It consists of a small device and an app.
In the company’s own words:
More than 100 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be detected in the near vicinity of decomposing beef, pork, poultry and fish, some of which can be used as indicators of freshness.
The [Peres] device has four types of sensors: temperature, humidity, ammonia and volatile organic compounds.
To operate the device, the user simply directs it towards the food product and clicks a button.
The device uses Bluetooth technology to transmit data to the user’s smartphone or tablet, which displays detailed results with recommendations regarding the safety of the product.
Peres sensors detect volumes of VOCs in the sample, and readings are then adjusted taking into account temperature and humidity. These data are used to calculate findings and results.
Users control Peres, start the sampling process, analyze the results of readings and share their experiences with friends just by interfacing with a user-friendly environment on their phone or tablet.
Not sure why you’d want to share the results with your friends — “Hey everybody, guess what? I’ve got some rancid pork!” — but, hey, you can do that if you want.
The company even suggests that you can use the device at the supermarket to pre-determine the freshness of the foods on sale. That’s an awesome investigative report waiting to happen.
Let’s go to the video:
The $120 product will be available in July, but you can pre-order it now at the Peres site.