The Apple iPhone application Consume Within is able to track the expiration dates of the things we buy or even the things we make at home. Using this new app, food items can be categorized fast and easily to three different places – refridgerator, freezer or cupboard.
The expiration dates are then set and the user can choose a photo to go with the item, and a special bar-code type sticker if they wish, to make the item easy to identify at a later date. The app then lets you know about foods that are about to expire within the next three days and displays them by location or as a single list so you can eat it and not let it go to waste.
The special stickers can be obtained from the Consume Within website, where there is also a free downloadable sample sheet to try them out. Consume Within is appropriate for monitoring the best-before dates for all food items, including fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy, cans and jars. It can also be used to keep track of several other items such as toiletries, cosmetics, sun lotions and medications.
It was created through a partnership between the University of Wolverhampton and the Caparo group of companies. The application is available now to download from Apple iTunes. The Lite version is free and allows users to watch up to four items at a time, while the full version can keep an eye on an unlimited number of items.
For more information on the application, as well as any questions and feedback visit the website www.consumewithin.com