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Simple GoMicro device measures highly accurate food spoilage

AI-assessment platform, GoMicro is charging ahead with early detection technology to tackle global food waste. At the 400M Agrifood Innovation Forum in Toowomba, GoMicro CEO and Founder Dr Sivam Krish presented breakthrough results in assessing the ripeness or spoilage of fruits and vegetables with an 86-to-99% accuracy, measured in days.

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Sivam Krish GoMicro CEO GoMicro CEO and Founder, Sivam Krish. Photography by Anna Tomlinson

Can a $1 device that attaches to a mobile phone become a pivotal tool to help solve the $1 trillion food waste problem?

GoMicro CEO and Founder Dr Sivam Krish said the answer is yes – with GoMicro’s Spotcheck App and a phone attachable magnifier designed for accurately assessing the level of ripeness or spoilage of fresh foods.

Sivam provided evidence of GoMicro’s Spotcheck device effectively reading the accuracy of food spoilage in his presentation at the 400M Agrifood Innovation Forum in Toowoomba, Queensland on Wednesday 13 July.

Sivam believes GoMicro’s innovation, which provides greater accuracy through a superior imaging system and AI application, could save our agricultural industries vast sums of money.

“We can assess the ripeness or spoilage of fruits and vegetables with an 86-to-99% accuracy, measured in days,” said Sivam.

“It’s a very topical issue for the food industry to address, with an estimated 30% of our food being spoiled.

“We can see that there are some very strong commercial opportunities for a cheap and portable device to have the power to make accurate food spoilage assessments.”

Sivam said the GoMicro team took 100 images of an array of different vegetables every day to gather training images to build the AI application. Typically, AI applications require thousands of images for training and are unable to achieve high accuracies in field conditions.


It’s the latest advancement for GoMicro, a microscopy 4.0 company that started in 2020 as an Edtech company and has pivoted to be an AgTech company.

GoMicro won the Bayer Grants4Ag competition, which has led to an ongoing relationship with Bayer Crop Sciences, and won second prize in the 2021 Rocket Seeder FOOD WASTE + LOSS Accelerator Program pitch competition.

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GoMicro’s aim of re-inventing the microscope and instilling it with artificial intelligence is designed to make the highest quality technology accessible to the public and not just scientists.

The company’s patent-pending technology creates lab-quality imaging conditions that significantly increase the accuracy of detection, reducing the number of images needed for training purposes, resulting in the most accurate AI detection that is available at this level of magnification.

GoMicro technology

GoMicro has placed its initial focus on agriculture to help farmers and agronomists detect pests, leaf disease and assess food quality accurately.

“Any farmer with a phone will have the diagnostic capability of an agronomist – through building a more accurate AI engine into the Spotcheck microscope attached to a phone,” said Sivam.

“It’s an important breakthrough because microscopic information can provide a vast array of information across a wide range of agricultural issues. More importantly, we will be making it possible for anyone to build and deploy accurate AI applications.”

Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) Agtech and Innovation Manager, Stephen Dummet added, “For many producers, agtech may seem like it is something of the future. It’s solutions like what Dr Sivam Krish of Go Micro has developed that prove that agtech is ‘here and now’ to solve industries’ greatest challenges today.”


Dr Sivam Krish, CEO and Founder GoMicro @ New Venture Institute, Flinders University
Mob: +61 401 192 100
Email: [email protected]

David Sly, Media Adviser, Office of Communication, Marketing and Engagement, Flinders University
Mob: +61 417 177 480
Email: [email protected]

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