The idea of smart chopsticks sounds creative, so creative that it’s hard to imagine a company as boring as Baidu would come up with.

The company claims Baidu smart chopsticks (named Chopsticks Search), using infrared spectroscopy, can analyze your food before you eat it, testing pH level of common drinks, level of sweetness, temperature, and the quality of cooking oil used. The data about food will be transmitted to the accompanying mobile app through bluetooth.

It also returns other information related to the food, such as origins and varieties, through Baidu Search. Baidu said they’d collect and analyse data generated from the chopsticks and the app.

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com