The traditional method of identifying that your milk has gone past its life has been the trusty nose. Well does your nose really know? Last month, crowdsourcing incubator Quirky teamed up with GE Garages and called out to the Quirky community to nominate an everyday item or process that can be improved.
The winning nomination came from San Diego entrepreneur Stephanie Burns, who wanted a milk jug that can indicate milk gone off without using the faithful nose sniff method or expiry date on the carton.
As a result, the Quirky Lab team have produced The Milkmaid which monitors your milk. It's a glass jug that has a PH sensor that monitors the PH level outside of the safe range. It also has a scale, wireless transceiver and a rechargable battery. If the milk PH level falls below the safe range, it triggers the green LEDs to turn yellow. The Milkmaid has a supporting iphone application to notifiy you if the ph or supply level drops below the mark to prompt you to buy more milk when required.
Is this too much technology for a simple problem?
Quirky are currently crowdsouricng votes for the correct price point for the Milkmaid. Another great example of a day to day issue been resloved with a smarter solution.