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Healthy food guide Scanner

If people could instantly learn the chemicals and composition in their food and other goods, they would start buying green, thus putting pressure on companies to make more environmentally friendly and healthier products. In turn having healthy food around us and healthy choices being made.

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The idea is to have a scanner on the shopping cart that read the barcode on the food item / or let you type in the name of a product to check its rating as you shopped.
A parent shopping could just Click on "scan," point the scanner at the barcode, say, a bottle of organic chocolate sauce, and it delivers an instant feedback on the product's health rating and environmental rating. The same could be made in the form of phone applications.
Through this we do our duty of providing full environmental, social, and health information to consumers right at the moment they make purchasing decisions.
After this it is the sensibility of the user to go ahead with which product.

Age of kids. The solutions to changing kids’ eating behaviors will vary depending on their age. What works for a toddler won’t necessarily fly for a teenager, although we suspect some concepts might be appropriate for all ages—even adults! Which age bracket does your concept address (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Pre-school (Tots) 2-4
  • Elementary (Kids) 5-10
  • Middle school (Tweens) 11-13
  • High school (Teens) 14 -18
  • Young adults 18-21

Hurdles to success. Helping kids make smarter food choices comes with a variety of hurdles that have to be addressed in order for a design solution to be successful, which of these do you think that your Concept overcomes (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Lack of Knowledge

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I like your idea, it is really funny for kids or young age people. Healthy food guide Scanner can let people know the informations about foods. So that people can more convenient to choose more healthy food. I hope that it can be implement very soon, it really practical for our life.

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Once such scanner technology is installed, there are lots of add-on functions that could provide win-win-win's to shoppers, the store, & food producers. In fact, the Stop & Shop supermarket chain in Northeast United States, already has over 200 stores that offer scanners that can be used while you shop to check & total prices, receive discounts, and self-check out. Adding "health" functionality to such systems would be great next step.


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Interesting indeed! ;-) The healthy scanners could not only give you information about the food, but to keep track of what you are putting in your basket to buy; showing you what other items you could then buy to complement your diet in a healthy and balanced manner. Going even further, what if based on your purchase it send you recipes and suggestions of what to do with this healthy food selection.

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Love this! Could be a phone app that you can take with you to the supermarket, and can take a picture of the barcode to 'scan' the item.

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i like this idea, kids would get involved from a really young age wanting to operate the "game" and adults would have immediate answers to any questions they have. fun idea and practical too!