For those who suffer from gluten, milk, and peanut allergies, a new portable tool is about to change—and potentially save—your life. The device, which FWx first reported on in its early stages last August is now ready to ship to gluten-intolerant consumers.
San Francisco-based startup Nima—formerly called 6SensorLabs—developed the device as an aid to those with sensitivities and allergies to peanuts and milk, the two most common triggers of allergies for the some 15 million Americans with food intolerances. The Nima device was developed by two former MIT students (who are both gluten-free) in order to make dining out socially easier and safer for those watching what they eat.
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Shireen Yates, co-founder and CEO of Nima, had her "'aha' moment" when a waitress asked her "how gluten allergic" she really was. "I had never had issues with food and, in college, I found out I had all these issues with gluten, eggs, dairy and soy. I couldn't eat anything," Yates told Fortune.