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This article was published on September 15, 2011

    This food allergen detector tells you what’s safe to eat

    This food allergen detector tells you what’s safe to eat
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    Have you ever stuck an EpiPen into your friend because they accidentally ingested something they’re allergic to? It’s frightening. Food allergies are no joke.

    8 types of food account for around 90% of allergic reactions: milk, eggs, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, peanuts, soy and wheat so it’s technically possible that we could build a device to detect those elements. A new concept design called “The Nose” from Swedish design student Erik Borg of knegdesign in collaboration with Philips, helps you determine if the food is harmful for you or not. Borg writes that this is a concept of a personal food allergen detector helping to prevent severe allergic reactions and ease the pressure on hospitals.

    Now, this is something your iPhone can not do….yet.

    Check out the mockup here: