Keeping a food diary has never been so easy! Google is setting its plans in motion for the development of an app that will be able to count the calories in your food by using the pictures you take of your meals. The app will utilize artificial intelligence in order to pinpoint your calorie intake, based solely on photos.
Google’s project is called Im2Calories, but it is too early to tell if this will be the name of the app itself. What is known though is that it will work with Facebook’ Instagram in order to help users keep a food diary and keep the amount of calories they eat on a daily basis under control.
The technology that the Google app will employ will be able to analyze the picture you provide in terms of pixel depth and many other features. It will be able to tell how big your food portion is in relation to the size of the plate and the angle you have used when taking your picture.
Furthermore, an enormous image database will be the baseline of determining what your food is and respectively how many calories it holds in. Google has also announced that the numbers that this app will provide will constitute more of a guideline for tracking your calorie intake, rather than an exact measurement.
The makers of the app actually expect it to render inexact results, at least in the beginning. Later on, when more and more pictures will be added into its food database, bigger and better algorithms will be developed, that will provide more exact numbers.
Therefore, the main quality of the app will be the fact that it will be extremely easy to use. All you will have to do is take a quick pic of your meals and you wind up having a complete food log along with a ballpark daily calorie intake.
Despite the fact that serious improvements will have to be made to the Google app before it will be able to tell you the exact number of calories, the accessibility that it provides is bound to make a lot of people keep a food diary, even if it is not the most accurate one.
Taking a few pictures is an effort that more people are likely to put it, in order to log their food intake, rather than wasting quite some time writing it down and calculating a lot of calories. The new app will basically be effortless for the users, especially since taking pictures of food is already an extremely widely-spread process.
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