Calorie counter app will analyse pics of meals

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The software will be able to give an approximate calorie count for meals.

App developers are working on software that will calculate how many calories are in food just by analysing a photo.

 

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The team behind Apple’s Siri feature is working on image-recognition software designed to help people eat more healthily.

SRI Ventures Director Dror Oren says that the app could give an approximate calorie count based on a single photograph of a meal.

The project, called Ceres, is currently in need of more partners before a planned 2015 launch.


One problem for the team is the presence of hidden fats in many meals. It is difficult to provide a precise calorie counter when hidden fats like butter and oil lurk in many foods.

However the company is confident that the completed software will be capable of providing a calorie estimate within a range of around 200 calories for a typical meal.


Mr Oren, who says that the app’s food recognition ability is the team’s biggest breakthrough, said: “If a human can recognise the food, so can the app.”

Those responsible for the technology in development say that the food-scanning app will hopefully be launched within a year and will be a cheap and easy method to count calories.

 



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