Date
19 September 2017
A model of the smart chopsticks that Baidu says can detect contaminated oils. Photo: Baidu
A model of the smart chopsticks that Baidu says can detect contaminated oils. Photo: Baidu

Baidu smart chopsticks can detect unsafe food

Don’t trust the safety of your food in China? Baidu says it has the answer.

The Chinese search-engine giant on Wednesday rolled out a set of “smart chopsticks”, known as Kuaisou in Chinese, that it says can detect oils containing unsanitary levels of contamination.

At the company’s annual technology conference, Baidu chief executive Robin Li gave a brief introduction of the product, which he called “a new way to sense the world”, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“In the future, via Baidu Kuaisou, you’ll be able to know the origin of oil and water and other foods – whether they’ve gone bad and what sort of nutrition they contain,” Li said.

A video posted by the company shows how to use the product, which is linked with a smartphone app.

In one experiment, the chopsticks were shown being swirled in olive oil, with the smartphone subsequently displaying a “good” reading. In another, the chopsticks registered a “bad” reading after being submerged into recycled cooking oil.

The company said the product isn’t yet ready for mass production.

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