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January 25, 2017

Engadget reports on FoodMarble's AIRE digestive tracker gives users the power to face exactly what’s going on inside their bodies.

You remember, the movie where Dennis Quaid and his space pod is miniaturized and embedded in Martin Short.  Well now, according to engadget, FoodMarble's AIRE digestive tracker, is available for pre-order and gives users the power to face exactly what’s going on inside their, well, you know….to determine if you have a fructose or lactose issue. AIRE is a portable diagnostic device with an app that is easy to use and affordable and beats that visit to a gastroenterologist. 

The AIRE replaces the typical hydrogen breath testing in a doctor’s office - that could be repeated every 15 minutes for a few times, to a high-tech analysis into a wafer smaller than a credit card. It has a small mouthpiece on one end. Simply take one of the chemical packets included with the AIRE and mix the powdery contents with water, take a drink, put AIRE to your lips, take a deep breath and blow. The connected app then reports your readings. 

After using up all the packets -- which should be done on different days, in order to test the effects of each in isolation -- you'll have a pretty good idea of which substances you can't digest. And thus, a better idea of what foods you can and can't eat. 

Engadget goes on to say that while it's tempting to think we would never need to see a gastroenterologist again, the app can't diagnose you if you have something more serious like a bacterial infection. The AIRE provides long-term information for the doctor to analyze. FoodMarble's chief medical officer James Brief, a licensed gastroenterologist, likens it to what the home pregnancy test did for obstetricians: The first thing many women do after testing positive is head to the doctor. The test acts like a referral, not a replacement for professional medical care. 

The AIRE is expected to sell for $149 when it hits retail stores in August 2017.