The world went through quite a scare with the nuclear crisis that rocked Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the region. Reports of leaks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant flooded the air waves, with news that the country’s food supply had been contaminated with radiation.
Public safety is the major concern and Nils Ferber’s concept Fukushima Plate seems to provide a simple and cost-effective solution.
Ferber proposes integrating OLED rings into the ceramic plate and attaching a removable radiation detector at the base of the plate. Simply pop it off the plate to wash the plate or give it a rinse in dishwasher.
The number of rings that light up indicate the gravity of radiation contamination of the food that has been placed on the plate. What we’re aiming for, of course, is no rings, since that would mean that no increased levels of radiation have been detected. If three rings are lit up, then chances are it’s time to chuck the food into the bin for your safety.
Hopefully, some companies will pick up on this idea and begin producing it commercially. But for now, the Fukushima Plate remains a concept.