Waiter, there’s an RFID Tag in my Food!

Technology now exists for digestible RFID tags to track diet habits and food safety.

Hannes Harms, a student at London’s Royal Academy of Art, recently created an RFID-based system to track diet and food safety using digestible RFID tags.

Essentially, edible RFID tags would be placed into food, and could hold information regarding where the food was grown or shipped from, the ingredients, its expiration date, nutritional content, etc. RFID readers would be placed in the fridge or pantry, and a “smart plate” would use bluetooth technology to connect to a PC or smart phone in order to send information about the food about to be eaten.

While some digestible RFID tags are currently on the market, they are primarily used for medical applications. But, if they just started becoming a part of everyday eating habits, food could get expensive pretty quickly! Also, what about privacy issues and “big brother” – could restaurants just start putting RFID tags into our food? Even if you knew there was an RFID tag in your food, would you willingly eat it? Let us know how you feel about digestible RFID tags by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.

Also, check out the concept video of the digestible RFID system, coined NutriSmart:

NutriSmart from HannesRemote on Vimeo.