Wouldn't it be cool if you knew exactly what was in the food that you were eating? This is especially important for people with life-threatening food allergies. With the Portable Allergen Specialized Spectrometer, or PASS, you can finally do that! Using the technology of mass spectrometry, the PASS device scans and penetrates the food with microwave beams. It then turns the scanned information into tangible data that goes through the mass spectrometer-like machine inside the device. Once the process is finished, the information will then be shown on a screen, showing each and every type of food that is on the plate. This device will help people with food allergies that are worried that what they are eating at a restaurant might contain the food that they're allergic to (In other words, they're afraid their food won't PASS the allergy test). I was inspired to make the PASS device because I suffer from severe food allergies. I know that kids and their parents would feel much safer at a restaurant if they had the ability to know for sure that the meal is safe. According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, a study done showed that of 63 food allergy deaths that occurred between 1996 and 2006, half of those deaths were at a restaurant. I came up with the PASS device so that no one ever has to experience a severe allergic reaction at a restaurant again!
How Math & Science Can Help Power My Idea
Engineering and electronics will help make the PASS device work because mass spectrometry, the technology used inside the device, uses both of these tools. The mass spectrometer that has already been created is a very huge machine that requires a lot of energy and power. However, the mass spectrometer-like machine inside the PASS device has to be small enough in order to be called a "portable" device. This can be done; although it is tricky, other machines such as the computer have become portable devices. Somehow, engineers have to develop a way so that a small machine inside the PASS device can run the same way the big mass spectrometer can. Electronics will play a huge role in bringing the machinery to life. The PASS device uses a scanner, a touchscreen, a signal detector, and a molecular analyzer, which are all run by electronic components. With the power of engineering and electronics, the PASS device can soon become a reality.
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MatthewMan123Land O Lakes, FL
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