Boffin demos melon-matching tech
App snaps apple, will locate orchard
NSFW-ish With a firm grip on facial recognition tech already, Japanese boffins have turned their attention to food and developed a tool to identify fruit and veg.
NEC's latest tech allows punters to point a camera at a product and get back when and where the item was grown.
I recognise those melons
This is unachievable without images of the stock already stored on a database. However, colours and wrinkles of such foods are almost as unique as fingerprints, NEC said, making the system so accurate, there's only a one in a million failure rate.
By snapping pics of produce, the farmer, shipper and, of course, the consumer, can track the movement of food without the use of barcodes and RFID tags, Japanese-language site Mycom reports.
How would it handle this produce, we wonder?
I know what it looks like, but how fresh is it?
Long-time Reg readers will recall we covered the 'Flangello' back in 2005.
When the technology hits the consumer market, something NEC reckons will happen in two to three years, we'll have a much better grip on exactly how fresh our nosh is.
We'll probably see more mobile phone users wondering through 'chavda' too, where instead of rambling on about the latest tabloid gossip, they'll be snapping shots of their grub with disgusted looks on their face. "Where the f***s Gwat-uh-marlar?" ®
Who cares how old
Is it clean and fresh smelling or will it leave a bad taste in your mouth?
Yeah, well...i kinda hadda....
I was expecting some new jub-sizing wizardry
and instead all I get is a load of fruit and vag
You can't always squeeze the fruit
When I was in Japan I noticed that rock-melons are sold for an astronomical price, typical ¥20,000 or £150.00 each! They come individually boxed in presentation boxes. For that price I want to know a fair amount about the melon before I buy it, including when it was grown, where it was grown, who picked it, and which other melons it had slept with.
Squeezing these melons is not an option.
Unfortunately, Japan prohibits the importation of melons, destroying my cunning plan to bring a bag full of melons on my next visit for a handsome profit :-(
YA pointlessly-overengineered solution in search of a problem.
Dunno about you, but I find it a lot easier to tell if fruit and veg is fresh by looking at, squeezing and sniffing it, than I would by knowing how long ago it was grown and having to guess what its shelf-life is.
Life imitating art ...
I recall a Stob article a while ago - essential iPhone apps, one of which was an app which allowed you to work out the horoscope of the fruit'n'veg in your shopping cart ....