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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 09/21/2011

Enter, “The Nose”

Navrattan Korma (assorted fresh vegetable cooked in a mild creamy sauce) at Haandi Fine Indian Cuisine lunch buffet. (Tracy A. Woodward - THE WASHINGTON POST)
As lunchtime fades away, let’s consider the risks lunch — yes lunch — poses. As many as 15 million Americanss suffer from some type of food-related allergy, and that can make it tricky to navigate the cafeteria lines or peruse fast food menus on the go. But, now, they have some digital help.

Enter, “The Nose” — a handheld detector that would help alert users to specific allergens in food, possibly preventing allergic reactions. Designed by Erik Borg in collaboration with Philips, this handheld gadget received the 2011 IF concept award, an international competition for young innovators and designers.

Food Allergen Detector from Erik Borg on Vimeo.

According to Borg’s website, the device functions the same way as a human nose to identify specific allergens in a dish. If an allergen is present, the Nose turns red. However, if a food is safe for an allergy sufferer to eat, the Nose displays a green light.

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