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Grocery of the future could include circuits and RF sensors

Last week, we told you about a radical way of shopping via your smart phone. Today, we continue that futuristic shopping trend. The cool people at Thin Film Electronics have created a way for you to always know when your produce is fresh and when it’ll expire. Gone are the days of taste testing foul vegetables in your fridge’s crisper drawer and wondering if that shade of brown is peculiar. You could potentially save yourself a few health hazards and keep your grocery fresh. I’m telling ya; the future is starting to look better and better.

So how exactly will this technology guarantee freshness? If all goes well, by 2014, you could start seeing circuits embedded in cereal boxes and paper thin RF sensor tags on bags of produce. These circuits and sensor tags will alert you when your grocery is about to expire. This technology will also allow manufacturers to track how long the shelf life of a certain good is from farm to table or production floor to table. It will also ensure that what you get in your grocery store is fresher than what you might be getting now.

Thin Film, an Oslo based company is pairing up with Bemis (a packaging company) to create intelligent, yet cheaper sensor tags that can be used in most goods you find in your grocery store so that the the idea will catch on, be less expensive, and be an added benefit for you as the consumer of these goods.

Currently, this technology is in place at a small sushi restaurant in Orange County, CA called Sushilicious. The rotating sushi bar has RF chips at the bottom of their plates which light up when the sushi is no longer fresh. The chef then disposes of the plate and replaces it with a fresh one. Diners of Sushilicious are always guaranteed a fresh sushi experience. I could see a similar concept being applied to other restaurants and I’m excited to see these tags pop up at my local grocery store. All we need next are flying cars to help out with the dire traffic situation in southern California. Why can’t someone invent that?

What would you like to see in your near future? Tell us in the comments below.



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