Tech Tool of the Month: Nima Peanut Sensor

We don’t need to tell you how dangerous peanut allergies have become. Even if none of your kids are allergic, you’ve undoubtedly become increasingly aware of how this allergy is affecting more and more children.

Between 2010 and 2016, visits to the emergency room for peanut-related anaphylaxis in children climbed to 150 percent according to Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Also, the number of children diagnosed as at-risk for anaphylaxis doubled in that time period. Earlier this year, the Netflix documentary series took a more in-depth look at this issue in an episode titled “The Peanut Problem,” which not only talks about the problems allergy sufferers have but also exposed some extreme negligence from a restaurant that should scare all of us.

Parents with children in this category already take tons of precautions to avoid a trip to the ER with their kids, but eating out a restaurant can be an incredibly challenging thing. Even restaurants that take go the extra mile for allergy sufferers still have to worry about cross-contamination. And while some new research looks promising when it comes to solving this problem, you can never be too careful.

And that’s where our Tech Tool of the Month comes in.

The Nima Peanut Sensor is a new tech tool that detects if a food is safe for a child with peanut allergies to consume. Nima already has a Gluten sensor on the market and says that every one of their capsules contains the power of an entire chemistry lab. The handheld, Bluetooth-connected device tells you within minutes whether a food contains peanuts after you put a pea-sized amount of food into the capsule and push a button to wait for your results.

Nima also lets users tap into the community around them through their app to discover new restaurants and try new foods through their test results from those locations.

Peanut is available for pre-order now and will ship later this year with a 12-pack of test capsules.

Here is a video to help explain Nima a bit more.


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Joe Long