NutriSmart: Edible RFID Tags That Track Food Down The Supply Chain
Interested in eating food laced with data? Hannes Harms created a concept that incorporates tiny tags embedded in your food.
Interested in eating a sushi roll stuffed with data? Incorporating small, edible RFID tags embedded in your food is a concept developed by Hannes Harms, a design engineering student at the Royal College of Art in London. NutriSmart, his food tracking system takes RFID tracking beyond monitoring of your digestive tract, as Harms believes RFID tags can track food down the entire supply chain. From the start, it would aid distributors at processing centers, then it would feed valuable nutritional information to grocery store shoppers, and once home the tags integrate with a refrigerator to warn of expiring items or ovens to automate steps in the cooking procedure.
Harms also created a ‘smart plate’ to accompany the edible RFID markers which is a dinner plate containing an RFID reader that connects via Bluetooth to a computer. It easily functions as diet management system when placing RFID-tagged food on the plate and even addresses concerns with food allergies. Put an item on the plate, and it can tell you about potentially dangerous ingredients.
We think merging of data with food is an interesting yet idealistic concept because it would require the participation of the entire food industry, government and demand from the public to want such a detailed tracking system. Also, it’s important that tracking and analysis ends with the first bite!
Watch the video below for a visual explanation of NutriSmart: