A new smart spatula to let users measure salt levels in food using their phones

  • The prototype, which has been co-designed in Catalonia by Eurecat, allows users to measure salt levels automatically and sends the results to their phones.

  • The COOKiT has been unveiled at the Mobile World Congress and will be tested on real users in Badalona.

  • The spatula forms part of the Do CHANGE project, which is one of the standout entries among the 20 submissions received for the European Commission’s Innovation Radar Prize.

The Eurecat technology centre, a member of Tecnio, has unveiled a prototype smart spatula at the Mobile World Congress. The device automatically measures salt levels in food and allows users to monitor their salt intake in real time using their phones.

The device goes by the name of COOKiT and has been partially designed in Catalonia as part of the Do CHANGE project, which is the recipient of the European Commission’s Innovation Radar Prize, as voted for by the public. The prize is awarded in recognition of technological innovation in a range of different fields.

According to project manager Daniel Blanco, Eurecat is responsible for developing the technology that has made this salt-measuring utensil possible. “It is particularly recommended for people who are suffering from heart problems”, he commented.

In addition to the COOKiT, the Do CHANGE project also includes the Horus device, which provides information on the nutritional properties of ingredients; the FLUiT, which allows users to monitor their liquid intake using their phones; and the Vire, which assists the rehabilitation of patients suffering from heart disease by compiling activity parameters in order to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The Do CHANGE project comprises four mHealth (or mobile health) tools that enable users to monitor parameters such as liquid, salt and food intake, with a view to promoting a balanced diet that is adapted to suit the medical needs of each patient. At the awards ceremony, which took place on 9 November in Budapest, audience members had to choose a winner from among the 20 preselected entries, all of which represented examples of technological innovation.

Coordinated by the Dutch company Smart Homes, Do CHANGE is a consortium of 10 universities, private companies and healthcare and research centres. The consortium members are drawn from three different European countries, plus Taiwan. Catalonia is represented by Eurecat and Badalona Serveis Assistencials, a public body that provides assistance to dependent patients.