This first-of-its-kind system is now available to customers for pre-order on popular crowdfunding platform Indiegogo
On April 1, ARS LAB launched an Indiegogo campaign to secure funding for their newest product, the PERES portable device. Dubbed as “the world’s first electronic nose,” PERES analyzes food products and determines if they are fresh and safe for human consumption. Compatible with beef, pork, poultry and fish, PERES analyzes airborne data and provides instantaneous feedback to users relating to the food’s health.
There are over 100 different volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, detectable in decomposing fish, poultry, beef and pork. PERES utilizes four different sensors to detect VOC compounds as well as ammonia levels, then adjusts the data according to temperature and humidity levels in order to provide accurate feedback relating to the health of the product.
The device reads and analyzes data before transmitting it via Bluetooth technology to the user’s smartphone or tablet where it can be viewed on the PERES app. A number graphs and charts provide a visually appealing representation of the data accrued.
“For the longest time, we’ve put our food through the smell test,” says Augustus Alesiunas, CEO of ARS LAB. “But poisonous compounds produced during meat spoilage can be odorless, so they’d still pass this test. PERES fixes this problem and allows consumers to feel completely comfortable about their meat’s condition before buying or serving and ingesting it.”
According to the World Health Organization, there are over 200 diseases that can be spread simply by ingesting food. In 2013 alone, one-third of the population of industrialized countries were afflicted by a foodborne illness. By introducing PERES to the general public at an affordable cost, ARS LAB aims to lower those figures and, in turn, create a healthier society.
“In addition to airborne exposure, food spoilage can also occur because of contact from cookware or other items,” says Alesiunas. “With PERES, nothing has to touch your food. Users simply point the device at the item of food in question and allow the sensors to analyze the air sample surrounding the piece of meat.”
There is also a social aspect to PERES. Users can share their results and experiences through Facebook and Twitter, allowing friends and followers to see the abilities and accuracy of PERES.
PERES is the world’s first portable ‘e-nose’ – a unique and innovative electronic device and mobile application which enables users to determine the quality, freshness of meat, poultry, and fish. It works by taking a sample of the gases emitted by the food product and testing them for concentration of various volatile organic compounds and amonia well as measuring the temperature and humidity. The findings are then analysed to determine the food product’s quality, freshness and nutritional value, and transferred to a tablet or smartphone via Bluetooth. PERES was developed by ARS Lab LTD, a company dedicated to creating innovative products and solutions for the food and agricultural sectors.