Baidu’s smart chopsticks help you tell if your food is safe to eat
They’re never a short of food scandals in China, ranging from toxic milk to glow-in-the-dark pork. This is perhaps why Chinese search engine giant Baidu has launched a new pair of smart chopsticks called Kuaisou, that can reassure you of the safety of the food you are about to consume.
“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,” Baidu CEO Robin Li said in a speech Wednesday, reports the WSJ.
Originally created as an April Fool idea, which at the time, Baidu had “no serious intention of actually pursuing”, the chopsticks can detect the freshness of food and determine if it is fit for consumption, and display all the information so analysed inside a smartphone app.
The company claims that the sensors fitted in the utensils can detect oils containing unsanitary levels of contamination, which includes recycled frying oil made from waste oil of sewage or slaughter houses that have previously been found in Chinese food markets, stuff more commonly known as “gutter oil”.
The Chinese government has been cracking down on the user of gutter oil for years, not only due to it being unhygienic and harmful to the body, but also because of the fungus it contains increases risk of liver cancer and developmental disabilities in children.
Besides detecting inedible foods, the chopsticks can also report nutritional values, calories and PH levels of the foods being analysed. The video posted by the company below shows an example of how the product works. It shows the device detecting a “good” reading from being swirled in olive oil, whist registering a “bad” reading when dipped in gutter oil.
The product is not yet ready for mass production, states the company, and there’s no information on pricing at this point.