World-First Invention Instantly Measures Whether One Overate

In case your stomach isn’t reliable:

World-First Invention Instantly Measures Whether One Overate
Yomiuri Shimbun: 「食べ過ぎ」瞬時にわかります…世界初の測定器
Staff Report, February 23, 2011

Instant Urine Analyzer
Tanita’s invention measures whether someone has overeaten. This time, the test says you “ate a little too much.”

Tokyo-based health equipment manufacturer Tanita publicly tested a world-first invention, a handheld device which analyzes one’s urine after a meal to determine whether one overate, on the 22nd.

The current model is cylindrical, 17.6 cm long and 3.7 cm in diameter. After the cap is removed and the tip is placed inside the urine, a sensor inside the device instantly measures the sugar content. The LCD screen then displays whether the person overate.

The company has been performing tests with 200 men and women ages 30-60, and after improving the product’s precision, it plans to manufacture the device within the next two years. The estimated price is 10,000 yen (~$120US). The company says, “Until now, there was no precise way to know whether the size of one’s meals was appropriate. This will help people diet safely.”

Original Japanese Under the Jump:

タニタが開発した、食べ過ぎがわかる測定器

写真:「食べ過ぎ」瞬時にわかります…世界初の測定器

食事のあと尿を調べるだけで食べ過ぎかどうかが手軽にわかる測定器を、健康機器メーカーのタニタ(本社・東京)が世界で初めて開発し、22日、試作器を公開した。

試作器は円筒形で、直径3・7センチ・メートル、長さ17・6センチ・メートル。キャップを外して先端部に尿をかけると、内部のセンサーが瞬時に糖の量を測定。食べ過ぎかどうかが液晶画面に表示される。

同社では現在、30~60代の男女200人によるテストを行っており、測定精度などを高めたうえで、2年以内の製品化を目指している。価格は1万円前後になる見込みという。同社では「自分の食事量が適切かどうかを細かく知る方法はこれまでになかった。安全にダイエットをする助けにもなる」と話している。
(2011年2月23日05時16分 読売新聞)

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