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Sign Of The Times: A Dinner Plate That Measures Radiation Levels In Food

Eat it, nuclear holocaust!!

Sign Of The Times: A Dinner Plate That Measures Radiation Levels In Food

The freakout over the global effects of Fukushima turned out to be a lot of hogwash, as we saw over and over again, yet the panic persists — especially when you’re talking about food contamination. Here to give those fears a big dose of Seconal is German artist Nils Ferber, whose conceptual Fukushima Plate detects and visualizes radiation levels in your dinner before you shovel it down your maw.

How it works: a battery-powered meter under the plate gauges radiation levels in your meal, then triggers a series of alerts in the form of OLED rings. When the plate’s contaminant-free, none of the rings light up:

When it’s got a trace of radiation, one ring glows:

A little more radiation triggers two lights:

And when you’ve got loads of radiation, all three rings light up, signaling “danger!”:


What “danger” means, exactly, is up to you. Ferber has cleverly designed the plate so that you prescribe the radiation levels yourself because, as he says, “people perceive the risks and dangers of radioactive radiation very differently.”

Obviously, the plate is a jokey — and fairly cynical — rebuke to all the hysteria Fukushima produced. But if Ferber wanted to, he could find a real market for this thing. What else will survivalists eat off in their $50,000 luxury underground bunkers after the nuclear holocaust?

[Images courtesy of Nils Ferber]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.