The Nima Peanut Sensor begins to ship Thursday.

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For such a small machine, the Nima Peanut Sensor makes a giant declare. The Bluetooth-enabled sensor is meant to detect traces of peanut protein in your meals in order that should you’re allergic to peanuts, you may know to remain away. However Nima, the corporate behind the peanut sensor and an identical gluten sensor, says the machine just isn’t speculated to be the ultimate arbiter of what you’ll be able to and may’t eat when you’ve got meals allergy symptoms. 

“Nima is not designed to substitute your EpiPen,” stated Shireen Yates, the CEO and co-founder of Nima, in a press launch. “As a individual with allergy symptoms, it is nonetheless necessary to do your due diligence and preserve your EpiPen available for emergencies. Nima is designed to present one extra knowledge level about your meals to assist customers make a extra knowledgeable choice earlier than they take the first chew.”  

You insert meals into this capsule. The capsule goes into the Nima sensor.

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The Nima Peanut Sensor, which Nima first introduced earlier this 12 months on the CES tech present, will start immediately to ship to new prospects and individuals who preordered the product, the corporate introduced Thursday. The sensor prices $300. A starter equipment with the sensor and 12 check capsules prices $290. Twelve-pack capsules price $72 every. 

This is how the Nima Peanut Sensor works: You place a pea-size piece of meals right into a single-use check capsule, screw on the cap (which grinds the meals inside), put the capsule within the detector, and press the facility button to start out the check. Chemical substances within the capsule combine with the meals and break aside the bonds between any peanut protein current and different meals molecules. 

A check strip on the capsule will react if there may be peanut protein within the meals pattern. The sensor will then detect the outcomes and show them as both a “Peanut Discovered” message or a smiley face for no peanuts discovered.

In line with Nima, the sensor can detect 10 elements per million of peanut in samples. Nevertheless, the corporate says you should not check the next meals due to a danger of an inaccurate studying: sesame seed, cayenne, paprika, tamarind, tomato paste or sauce, eggplant, stable chocolate and alcohol.

The peanut sensor is Nima’s second foray into allergen detectors. The corporate’s gluten sensor first grew to become out there for preorder in 2015. The 2 gadgets are practically an identical: They’re black, triangular and match within the palm of your hand. You employ the capsules to your meals samples. And each merchandise use Bluetooth to connect with the Nima app (out there for iOS and Android), the place you’ll be able to preserve monitor of your exams and share outcomes with different Nima customers.

Once I first tried the gluten sensor in 2017, there have been issues amongst the gluten-free and meals science communities that the machine was sturdy sufficient to the complexities of meals allergen testing. Nima has since expanded the data out there concerning the efficacy of its testing on its web site. The sensors have additionally been the topic of impartial lab testing, certainly one of which confirmed the sensitivity of the peanut sensor was 100 % and the accuracy was 99.2 % (Nima’s personal testing confirmed 99 % and 97.6 % accuracy, respectively). One other examine from Nima concerning the gluten sensor was revealed on-line this month within the peer-reviewed journal Meals Chemistry, and concluded that the machine had “excessive sensitivity and specificity and fast outcome reporting.” However allergy victims ought to nonetheless preserve their EpiPen useful and never rely solely on Nima’s sensors for his or her dietary wants.

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