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App and sensor modules let consumers see if their food is organic

Sport & Fitness

An app and iPhone accessory kit, Lapka is enabling people to test the 'organicity' of their food at home.

For consumers making the choice to buy organic foods, often at a markup, it can be difficult for them to know for sure that what they are getting is the real deal. A new app and iPhone accessory kit, Lapka, is offering a solution to that problem, enabling people to test the ‘organicity’ of their food at home. Created with the iconic design of the iPhone in mind, the kit is an aesthetically pleasing and scientifically accurate personal environment monitor, consisting of white plastic sensors and an app that presents the data in a visual and easy-to-understand way. The ‘organicity’ sensor detects the amount of nitrates – residues of non-organic fertilizers – in food using an optional stainless steel probe for accuracy. Lapka also comes with three other sensors: the radiation monitor can identify radioactive particles nearby and offers advice on how it may affect the user; the EMF sensor detects electromagnetic fields to help homeowners find a place in their home away from electronic signals; and the temperature and humidity checker compares the user’s environment against Lapka’s database of comfort standards. The set aims to help consumers better understand their environment, make changes to improve their health and share their data online. Although similar to the more industry-targeted Tsubuyaku Sensor featured on these pages recently, Lapka is clearly designed and marketed with consumers in mind. The designers hope to add modules including an allergen sensor, a glucometer and a blood pressure monitor in the future. However, the current format is in the final production stage and customers will be able to purchase the kit later this year at a price of USD 220. Inspiration for health-conscious entrepreneurs?



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