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Alarm Cup to tell the Expiry of the Fruits

Chander Mohan
Chander Mohan

In our household, we go to the market and purchase fruits and vegetables for the week. We keep these in the fridge to consume whenever, the requirement arises. Sometime we also keep the fruits such as Banana, Apples, Oranges, Grapes on the dining table in a fruit basket. These fruits are having short shelf life, which gets spoiled early. The spoiled fruits are not useful for the eating and also creates health problems. These spoiled fruits creates pathogens and microbes.

There is no such devise which can tell beforehand that when the particular fruit is going to spoil, what is the expiry of the same.

Lincolnshire school girl Rumaan Malik, just 11 years has developed a smart bowl with a touch screen to inform two days before the particular fruit is going to expire. She invented a simple, but clever piece of tableware.

Her fruit bowl, named the 'Alarm Cup', has been crowned the winner of the Ocado Food Waste Challenge with Little Inventors. The device, which features a mini touchscreen display with icons for different produce, alerts its owner two days before its contents are about to expire.

Currently in development phase, it can also pair with Ocado’s shopping app to prompt users to use up fruit with waste-fighting recipes such as apple crumble and banana bread. Judges praised her device for challenging disrupting habits and routine thought processes.

The Rumaan’s invention will be showcased as part of the Little Inventors stand at the Great Exhibition of the North this summer from now until Sunday 9 September. Still One and half month is there to see the invention physically.

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