UK-based designer Sehun Oh has created a smart "food organising system" called Foodee that warns users when their groceries are about to expire, and suggests recipes based on ingredients they already possess. The system, which is currently just a concept, consists of a smartphone app, food scanner and kitchen scales that work in tandem to prevent food waste.
Users scan the barcodes of grocery items to receive alerts through the smartphone app that warn them when their food is near expiration. The app then suggests recipes and provides step-by-step cooking instructions based on the scanned produce. Finally, users select a recipe and the number of individuals they are feeding before the scales display exactly how much of each ingredient is required to make the chosen dish.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, food is the top contributor to US landfills, with 1.6 billion tonnes of food wasted each year. Forward-thinking brands and individuals are devising ways to reduce food waste through a variety of initiatives, such as UK chef Jamie Oliver's Food Waste programme and connected devices that streamline the cooking process.
For more on food-waste reduction and sustainable alternatives, see Food for Tomorrow, Food Vision 2015, Reframing Rare and our upcoming New Food Frontiers Industry Trend report, Feeding Tomorrow's Consumers. For more on connected devices that are enhancing the cooking experience, see Virtual Reality Cooking Lessons, Intuitive Oven and Kitchen of the Future.