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Lapka: An Iphone Sensor That Can Test if Your Food is Organic

Sick and tired of food manufactures and vendors mislabeling their food “organic” in an attempt to cash in on the latest health food trend? There’s an app…oh, wait a minute… an iPhone plug-in that can help you tackle that!

Lapka has developed a prototype of a sensor that can measure how organic your food is. All you have to do is plug in the device via your iPhone headphone jack and lightly poke your food with a steel probe that accompanies it. The sensor works in conjunction with a special app and can test the nitrate concentration in the food (nirate is a common chemical found in fertilizers that are used in non-organic farms). In addition, the sensor can also be used to detect humidity, temperature and radiation in the air.

As if all of the above wasn’t cool enough, the plug-in is very stylish looking, made from wood and ivory plastic that compliments Apple’s design aesthetic.

“Since this is a healthcare and environmental product, we used organic materials like wood and ivory-like plastic, it will look better with time … it’ll become your very own, personal talisman,” Lapka’s Creative Director Vadik Marmeladov told FastCoDesign.

Lapka’s Kickstarter campaign was a huge success, raising $170,000 — much more than their $25,000 fundraising goal. Lapka plans to launch the product at the at the end of 2012, with a retail price of $220.