Ally a new food allergy testing device is currently under development by Imogen Adams, a product design engineering graduate from Brunel University. The small pocket size device allows users to insert a small test strip to check whether a food contains an allergen.
Watch the demonstration video below and see the first prototypes which have been created using a little Arduino programming and hardware. Recently Adams was awarded funding by the James Dyson Foundation to continue her work on Ally, and the device was displayed in an exhibit at London’s Design Museum.
Right now the prototype Adams created can only test a meal for traces of lactose. Future models will have the capacity to test for nuts, wheat, seafood and meat allergies. Compared to current food allergen tests on the market, Ally could be an affordable alternative. Another device, Nima, costs £150 for the device and £4.50 for each test result. Ally would cost someone around £30 with the test strips selling for just a few cents—plus the companion app makes the strips an unnecessary purchase.
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