Smartphone app counts calories
06 Jun 2015

Smartphone app counts calories

Smartphone app that can count calories in your food! Google are working on a smartphone app that can add up the calories in your food!

06 Jun 2015

Smartphone app that can count calories in your food!

Google are working on a smartphone app that can add up the calories in your food!

Last week,¬†Google’s research scientist Kevin Murphy presented a new tool the company has been working on which will allow users to count the calories in your food using a mobile phone.

The artificial intelligence tool, currently called Im2Calories, works through a method called “deep learning”, which involves large amounts of data inputted into the mobile phone app that the system can crunch its way through to gradually make sense of what it’s “looking at”.

During the conference Murphy conducted a basic demonstration of how the system works by taking a smartphone image of two eggs, two pancakes, and three pieces of bacon. The mobile phone app uses the plate size to determine the size of the pieces of food, and in turn, uses that to count calories.

Counting your calories in this way would involve either scanning every piece of packaging or manually entering the weight of every item you’ve consumed, which can be pretty time-consuming. Im2Calories will simplify that process, making it much easier for people to keep track of their diets simply by using a smartphone to take a single photograph.

The new technology could have other applications in the design of website and mobile friendly website design.

The product isn’t available yet, and it hasn’t been confirmed that it ever will be!, but it’s still interesting to see what Google is working on.

* mobilefriendlywebsites.ie is operated by Irish web designer Simon Alcock. See simonalcock.com

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