How emojis could help people with food allergies
How emojis could help people with food allergies These emoji cupcakes won't be much help in identifying food allergies, but future emojis could be a big help. (Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr/Kate Ter Haar)
How emojis could help people with food allergies
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Someday soon an emoji might literally save lives.

Hiroyuki Komatsu is a Google engineer. He submitted a proposal. He proposed to add a range of new icons to the standard emoji library. It could help those with food allergies. It could help them understand what they are eating anywhere in the world.

“Emoji should cover characters representing major food allergens.” That's what Komatsu wrote in his proposal. “It enables people to understand what [ingredients] are used in foods even in foreign countries and safely select meals.”

Emojis are universal. They are chosen and developed by the Unicode Consortium. It is a non-profit corporation. It oversees, develops and maintains how text is represented. This is true in all software products and standards. That's according to Alex Swerdloff writing for Vice Munchies. You can thank the Unicode Standard when you text a friend six pizza emojis. Your friends sees those six pizza slices on their phone thanks to the Unicode Standard. This is true regardless of whether they use an iPhone or an Android.

Emojis are everywhere and iconic. This makes them helpful for restaurants and food packaging designers. They can communicate whether a product is made with common allergens. But many of the most common food allergens are missing or poorly represented. This is in regards to the current emoji library. These common food allergens include peanuts and soy. It also includes milk.

That's what Komatsu’s proposal argues. There is an emoji for octopus. But there is nothing for squid. There is a loaf of bread that could symbolize gluten. But a bundle of wheat could be clearer. The emojis could be more direct when labeling foods.

It’s not uncommon for the Unicode Consortium to add new emojis to the library. For example, several food-related emojis debuted last June. These included a long-awaited taco emoji. Apple included support for multiracial emojis in a recent iOS update. An artist even recreated Moby-Dick in emoji characters. Some might bemoan the continuing death of the written word if Komatsu’s proposal is accepted. But you can look on the bright side. If you ever see that happy poop on a carton, you’ll know to stay away.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/how-emojis-could-help-people-food-allergies/

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COMMENTS (114)
  • Grahamw-hug
    5/09/2019 - 02:42 p.m.

    I think this article is good because they made some good points. Think about it bread does not symbolize gluten, but if you put a thing of wheat. But the problem is there is no wheat emoji.Also they need to be more specific about the emojis. If someone says on a text message "were gonna have wraps for dinner" and they text this emoji ????. your vegetarian. It does not show if there is meat, so you don know if you can have it or not. Overall was very good.

  • Mylesd-hug
    5/09/2019 - 02:43 p.m.

    Make sure there's nothing bad in it like some thing your allergic to or food poisining. Also check for any cause of sickness or disease. They could helpful for allergens also by taking medical stuff and medicine????.

  • Lilyc-hug1
    5/09/2019 - 02:43 p.m.

    This article is about how emojis help food allergies. Hiroyuki Komatsu made a proposal to help people that have food allergies. Emojis are chosen and developed by the Unicode Consortium. Emojis are everywhere. This makes them helpful to restaurants and food packaging.

  • Trumans-hug
    5/09/2019 - 02:45 p.m.

    emojis can help people with food allergies by making the emojis more specific such as making a wheat bread emoji or a squid emoji or using them to say they what you or someone else is allergic to several new emojis debuted last June such as the long awaited taco emoji???? that is how emojis can help people with allergies.

  • Kayleighp-hug
    5/09/2019 - 03:03 p.m.

    people say that emojis will save people who have food allergies lives. Emojis label foods and show the ingredients.

  • Mateop-hug
    5/09/2019 - 04:52 p.m.

    This article is about how emojis can help people with food allergies. Emojis enable people to understand how to safely select meals. emojis are chosen and developed by the Unicode Consortium it's a non-profit corporation.

  • Audrey-E2
    5/10/2019 - 11:22 a.m.

    this is about emojis that can one day save files.Hiroyuki Komatsu is a Google engineer. He submitted a proposal. He proposed to add a range of new icons to the standard emoji library. It could help those with food allergies. It could help them understand what they are eating anywhere in the world.

  • Pierceh-hug
    5/10/2019 - 02:15 p.m.

    This article is about emojis that could
    save lives. but people can steel
    die from emojis and lots people
    have allergies people have died from allergies
    now details emojis are universal and
    iconic

  • Sophiac-hug1
    5/10/2019 - 02:27 p.m.

    So, now you know how emojis can help with food allergies! These emojis were helpful to people around the world! For conlusion, we learned that these represent major food allergens, they show people what foods they have around the world, and more! Maybe there will be more emojis for food in the future!

  • AaronS-6
    5/16/2019 - 02:20 p.m.

    I think its helpful having emojis in things because you can have a frownie face on oil and that means that's bad for you. If you put a smile face on a salad that means it's better for you than puting oil on things.

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