Student Invents Fruit Bowl That Detects Spoilage

Image via Jagjit Chodha

I’m picky when it comes to fruit. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but as soon as it starts to get too ripe it’s nasty. To me, there’s little worse than grabbing what looks like a fresh, juicy piece of fruit only to find out it’s gone to mush—or worse, it’s covered in a film of mold.

Apparently I’m not the only person who hates it when fruit goes bad. According to the USDA, Americans throw away 263 pounds of food each day—27 percent of all food produced. Although student designer Jagjit Chodha’s invention won’t prevent fruit from rotting as it waits to be eaten, it can certainly warn consumers when they need to hurry up and gobble it down.

Chodha’s fruit bowl design senses ethylene, a chemical released by fruit as it spoils. Thus, when the bowl begins to sense ethylene, it alerts consumers they either need to quickly eat the fruit or be prepared to throw it in the garbage.

Now that’s what I’m talking about. Alas, the bowl isn’t in stores. Chodha designed the concept for the Made in Brunel Show at London’s Brunel University school of design and engineering. She was inspired by statistics indicating 440,000 tons of fruit is wasted each year from UK homes.