CES 2018 Startup Preview: Allergy Amulet Is A Inconspicuous Device That Helps Food Allergic People Dine More Confidently
Having food allergies sucks. I know first hand because I have peanut allergy. All my life I’ve had to be cognizant of peanuts. I can’t eat peanuts, food that has peanuts in it, or foods that have come in contact with peanuts in any way. To further compound my allergy I have to be aware of how things are cooked, peanut oil is a big no no as well.
Personally, I take every precaution that I possibly can. I know what foods have peanuts in them. We don’t keep peanuts in the house. I know which of my favorite restaurants serve dishes with peanuts and which use peanut oil. I know which fast food and casual dining restaurants cook with peanut oil. I’m obsessively compulsive about peanuts, and that’s because I need to be.
But there are times when I want to go out with family and friends or on a date to a new restaurant and I don’t want to be “that guy” with the peanut allergy that needs to interrogate the waiter, and maybe even the chef. So I was thrilled to learn that Abi Barnes, a food allergy sufferer just like me, created a device to make dining out a more pleasurable experience, or as her Wisconsin startup, Allergy Amulet says, let’s me dine more confidently.
Allergy Amulet is an inconspicuous food allergen detector. it’s no bigger than a USB thumb drive and has been dressed up elegantly enough that women could wear it as a neck charm. Men can easily throw it in their pocket and not worry that it would get damaged.
The device uses test strips, similar to a glucometer. When a user arrives at a restaurant and their food is delivered to the table, they can stick a single use test strip into the food very nonchalantly and then slide the test strip into the Allergy Amulet. It uses molecularly imprinted polymers to test the molecular structure of the food sample. In under a minute the device knows whether your allergen is present or not. If it is present, it displays a red circle, signaling that you should order something else. If it’s green you’re good to go.
The test is simple enough that you can comfortably do it at the table without an audience, and it’s easy enough to use, and fast enough that you can still participate in dinner time conversations.
Allergy Amulet also has a companion mobile app that allows the user to save test results, and store important information like food allergies and emergency contacts. The Allergy Amulet also connects users with a community of other food allergic people so we can share information and meet new friends that face the same challenges when it comes to something as simple as eating.
See this revolutionary device, which will be available later in 2018, at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9-12th in Eureka Park, booth #52312 and online at allergyamulet.com
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