So celiac kicked my ass last week (hence the unusual delay between blog posts). It’s the hardest I’ve been hit in some time. Crazy exhaustion, a few nights of insomnia, in a mental haze (not to be confused with a purple haze), and of course yelling at my dog because he wanted my attention. Yeah…that’s normal.
My apologies for the down time.
So almost exactly one year ago today, I heard about a device being created by folks from MIT that could potentially detect gluten in food in two minutes or less. I was seriously intrigued so I reached out to the good folks at 6SensorLabs and they granted me an interview. You can read it here.
Well here we are a year later and the Nima Sensor is almost ready for prime time (you can place a pre-order here). I went up to NYC with a few other celiac advocates, met the 6SensorLabs team and saw the device in action. It was seriously cool. And get this…they had the event catered and the chef ensured everything was gluten-free. Before the event started, they tested each catered item with the Nima Sensor. Yep…one of the dishes failed. Kick save and a beauty.
Besides being “cool”, I came away with a few impressions:
- The 6SensorLabs folks are the real deal. Smart people with good hearts.
- The device could be revolutionary (as it will eventually test for other allergens as well.)
- I loved the simplicity of it.
- The sharing of the data on social media is HUGE and adds tons of value to the device.
I also came away with a few questions:
- Will people pay for it?
- Will people use it?
- Will restaurants care (if the results show a dish is NOT gluten-free)?
And this is where you folks come in. I reached out to the Nima Sensor founders and suggested we do a second interview now that the product is almost ready to market. They wanted to get specific feedback from the gluten-free community and suggested a survey instead. Good call! Without missing a beat, they came up with the below questions. They want to make sure they do this right and your answers will help.
Please consider taking a few minutes of your time and completing the survey. It would help them help us. Note there are 12 total questions. Thank you.
(If you do not see the survey embedded below, here is the direct link.)