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Wait-List for Pocket Sensor that Detects Gluten in Food
Celiac.com 11/06/2015 - A San Francisco startup has begun a wait-list for a pocket device designed to allow people with gluten allergies to test quickly gluten levels in their food.
According to the company, 6SensorLabs, the device, called Nima, is a portable, handheld gluten detector that could make dining out safer for people who need to avoid gluten for medical reasons.
Nima works by loading a half-teaspoon sample of food into a test tube and pop that into a triangle-shaped sensor. To avoid cross-contamination, Nima requires a new disposable capsule for each test.
The sensor assesses the contents of the capsule, and detects gluten down to 20 parts per million. The device then provides a "yes" or "no" within two minutes. "No" signals that no gluten was detected and that the food is safe to eat, while a "yes" indicates that the food contains gluten.
The retail price of a Nima starter kit, which includes the sensor, three disposable test capsules, a charging cable and a carrying pouch, will be $249.
Read more at nimasensor.com.
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