The image: After Japan's earthquake and the ensuing Fukushima nuclear disaster, the FDA issued assurances that most Japanese food was safe to eat. Unconvinced (like many), German artist Nils Ferber has invented the Fukushima Plate, an easy way to double-check. A built-in radioactive meter signals an alarm if radioactive food is placed on the otherwise normal plate. Depending on the level of contamination, one, two, or three rings light up around the plate's edge. (See image below) If none of the rings illuminate, the food is clean. While the Fukushima Plate is still just a concept, Ferber says "it might become an indispensable tool of survival in the future."
The reaction:
Good idea, but there's one problem, says Jaymi Heimbuch at Treehugger. Wouldn't people want to test the food "before they prepare their meal, or even buy the ingredients?" Plus, this plate seems kind of pointless, says Raymond Wong at DVICE. "There really shouldn't be much to worry about." Still, having considered these photos, "we're going to stick to a strictly tofu-and-dragon-fruit diet for a bit," says Jaya Saxena at Gothamist. See the ring system in action:


(Image courtesy Nils Ferber)