Smart Ripe: Using digital technology to help consumers pick the right fruit
Last month, at the Macfrut International Horticultural Trade Show in Italy, an inspector for detecting mature fruit was launched. Developed in collaboration with the University of Turin by Radio6ense, the system can be used to detect avocados with outer packaging.
The inspector is called Smart Ripe and was developed by ILIP in collaboration with the Radio6ense of the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, and the Department of Agriculture, Forest and Food Science of the University of Turin.
The shopper picks the fruit and places it on a small device like a cradle that digitally checks the maturity of the product with a very sensitive and selective radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. The label can detect changes in certain dielectrics in the pulp associated with maturation, such as swelling, acidity, and water and sugar content.