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.