There's a fruit scanner that can tell you if your avocado is ripe or not

There’s nothing worse than a hard and unripened avocado to ruin your day.

A food tech startup called One Third has unveiled a fruit scanner that can tell the state of ripeness of produce, at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, on Tuesday.

Using propriety algorithms, the scanner can interpret returns from a near-infrared laser to determine an avocado’s shelf life in real-time.

The company is named after the fact that one-third of all food produced in the world is wasted and uses a cloud-based system for fresh produce scanners that help reduce food waste by predicting shelf life.

While the current generation of produce scanners can only inform on lab-specific tests like sugar content and acidity, OneThird’s device can tell you its freshness or potential shelf life.

This can reduce food waste in these situations by as much as 25 per cent on average.

‘The astronomical volume of food that goes to waste each year is heartbreaking, particularly since so much is wasted in affluent countries. We’ve worked hard to create technology that helps to address this persistent, global challenge which directly impacts food scarcity,’ said Marco Snikkers, CEO and founder of OneThird.

‘We are proud to have built the first product that accurately and objectively predicts the shelf life of fresh produce. The interest has been overwhelming and we aim to accelerate the deployment of our technology globally,’

The company makes two variants of the system, one for the end user in the produce aisle and another for the growers in the supply chain.

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