Food waste isn’t the topic that tends to grab our attention. But, do you know that 35 million tons of food goes to the landfill every year in the United States, and produces a large amount of methane? This is harming our environment, and of course, our pockets too. Don’t be surprised as we throw away 40% of edible-food we buy, and lose over US$2000 per year. Well, all the hope is not lost, as Chicago-based startup Ovie Smartware recently introduced food tracker buttons at CES 2018, which tells how long your leftover food will last in the fridge. Ovie Smartware also launched specialized containers to hold a tracking button, and store leftover food in the fridge appropriately.
The Smartware works with both, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistance to connect with Ovie cloud database, which supposedly contains information on how long common foods items tend to last in the fridge. To track a food item, users simply have to press the button on the top, and say something along the lines of “Alexa, this is lasagna.” People who do not have voice assistant speaker can manually track the food items using Ovie app.
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The technology can actually do some really useful things. For instance; it can tell you exactly what is inside your container, zip lock bag and fridge, and how long it’s been healthy to consume. There is a LED light on the surface of the buttons that changes color as time passes, so you can easily see when your food is getting close to expiry. You can also set reminders to get notifications on your phone, therefore you can eat your leftover food before it goes stale.
Smarterware even gives you recipe ideas for your leftovers food. For instance – if you have some leftover bread in one Smarterware container and some salad in another. The app can suggest you recipes for various types of summer salad sandwiches. It also has a sharing feature that allows you to offer your food to your close friends and family members that you aren’t planning to eat.
Ovie plans to crowdfund Smartware this year on Kickstarter, and it is expected to be available at the end of the year. A pack of three buttons will probably cost US$60, that means you have a great chance to get the smart features of Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant at a very affordable price range. So, don’t miss the opportunity, go on and join the waitlist to get notifications about its availability.