Covid-19 has not stopped production of 2020 Avocado season in the Southern California area. The majority of Americas avocados grow in this region of the country, Temecula, CA, USA, on April 25, 2020. (Photo by John Fredricks/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
The Clever Reason You May Soon See Avocado Scanners At The Grocery Store
By Camryn Teder
Choosing a ripe avocado is a process no one can quite nail down, and it often makes for one of the most labor-intensive points in a shopping trip. According to Food & Wine, a startup based out of California has a solution to all of your avocado-picking woes.
The food tech company Apeel is unveiling a brand-new machine called “Apeel RipeFinder" that will detect the ripeness of an avocado for you at the grocery store. You just have to place the fruit on top of the scanner, and the device will speak to you in simple terms with phrases like, "Your avocado will be ready in about four days."
The new technology was made by using machine learning which collected data on thousands of species of avocados to test the different seasons, stages, and more. The machine uses a bright light to look beneath each avocado's skin and sends a reflection onto the censors, where AI makes a conclusion on its ripeness.