New Delhi: Eating out can now become much easier and safer for people with gluten allergies or celiac disease – thanks to Nima, a handheld gluten detection device created by 6SensorLabs.
The new device, small enough to fit into a pocket or purse and designed to save individuals with celiac disease from dangerous meals and awkward dinner parties, can test your food for gluten in less than two minutes.
One can simply take a tiny sample, put it into a capsule and then put it into the device, says a report from TechCrunch. Once the test is done, you’ll get a smiley face or a sad face depending on whether your food contains gluten.
According to Scott Sundvor, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, 6SensorLabs, the device could also provide greater social freedom, making meals more enjoyable.
The triangular device uses disposable pods that breaks down a sample of a food item, adds the report. Each pod costs $3.99 and the device will retail for $249.
Users can pre-order the device kits, which consist of the triangular Nima, multiple one-time use capsules, one micro-USB cable and one carrying pouch.
The company said that Nima can test a range of foods, from soups and sauces to more solid items like baked and fried goods.
It may be noted that 6SensorLabs does not need FDA approval for Nima because the device is designed as a tool for getting more information about food and not intended for diagnostic use.