There are few things worse than loading up a beautiful bowl on your counter with a pile of fresh fruit only to find out that half of it has started to rot shortly after. Why someone hasn’t managed to invent a bowl that detects produce decaying until now is actually quite amazing. There are an incredible amount of weirdly specific kitchen gadgets (hot dog dicer anyone?) on the market today, yet none are nearly as useful as this slick mold-detecting fruit bowl by design student Jagjit Choda.
The bowl, which alerts its owner when produce is just beginning to go bad, is fitted with a sensor that can detect an increase in the levels of ethylene—the gas released as fruit matures. There are sadly no production plans yet for the bowl, which is part of the Made in Brunel Show at London’s Brunel University.