DDW 2011: The Allergen Beagle
Eindhoven University of Technology graduate, Sebastiaan Goudsmit is taking the stress out of living with food allergies.
His final project, the Allergen Beagle is a food scanner that enables patients to screen their food at home for possible allergens. The system is able to detect peanuts, shellfish, gluten, lactose, hazelnuts, egg, soy, almonds and sesame with a simple automated test.
Users simply put a sample of the food to be scanned in the relevant test tube and insert it into the Allergen Beagle. During the procedure a bright light scans the food and if the test line reads dark the allergen is present.
Severe food sensitivity can be fatal and sometimes food labels are not clear. The Allergen Beagle has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of many. Further Stylus DDW coverage will follow soon.