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Loft and 219 Design Collaborate to Find Food Freedom

Jeanette Numbers

Loft and 219 Design brought their strengths together on Allergy Amulet’s core product.

One of a Kind Technology and Design

Allergy Amulet is a revolutionary wearable sensor designed to detect food allergens. The discreet device consists of three components: the food sampler, the reader, and the app. Users rely on the device to quickly and safely test their food for allergens like soy, dairy, and gluten.

The complexity of Allergy Amulet’s scope provided an opportunity for collaboration between Loft and 219 Designs to bring a safe and effective testing kit to the market. The result is a product that enables people with food allergies to feel safer and freer when they dine out.

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The Science of Saving Lives

The core technology of pairing imprinted molecular templates with an electrochemical platform to detect target allergenic ingredients had been tested and proven in the Allergy Amulet lab. The next step in the product development process was to package the test kit in a way that would be easy for users to make part of their everyday lives, without the burden of carrying around a medical device.

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Function and Fashion

Loft and electrical and firmware expert, 219 Design, collaborated to wrap this core technology into a sleek design that brings the ability to detect food allergens to the masses. The teams aimed to create a useful wearable that users would want to integrate into their daily lives. Most food testing kits are clunky and look like medical devices, so Loft and 219 Design designed Allergy Amulet to be functional but also fashionable. The goal was to make users feel comfortable taking it with them everywhere. The result is a product that can be worn discreetly as a piece of jewelry or a fob.

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Loft and 219 Design complemented each other's knowledge and expertise by seamlessly bringing together function and form. Generally speaking, Loft developed the user experience and mechanical design for the system: sampler, reader, and app and 219 optimized the electrical functionality to make it work.The two teams combined their knowledge in just the right areas to create a symbiotic relationship of mutual respect and understanding. They worked closely to make sure that everything fit together properly and found clever ways to miniaturize the design together, working through compromises between the technical functionality and usability requirements.

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The Success of Allergy Amulet

The launch of Allergy Amulet has been wildly successful, thanks in part to the collaboration between two amazingly talented teams to create a wearable, user-friendly, and effective product, Allergy Amulet sold out their 2021 presale in less than 24 hours and the company’s seed extension funding was mentioned in Forbes Magazine. Loft and 219 Design look forward to seeing Allergy Amulet continue to grow. In the meantime, the two teams are ready to collaborate on their next game-changing product.

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