Google is working on an app that can calculate the calories in a plate of meal from its image taken.
Google has confirmed that they are working on a project called Im2Calories, which was introduced last week at Boston’s Rework Deep Learning Summit. Artificial intelligence researchers are working on this experimental project that will be able to calculate calories by analyzing the a photo of the food.
Reports suggest that the experiment marries visual analysis, in this particular case the depth of the pixel image, with pattern recognition.
Kevin Murphy, a Google research scientist during the event said that although Im2Calories is analyzing pixels, it seems that the app can work with lower quality images, like Instagram images.
Murphy stated that overtime algorithm will become more accurate, and could benefit both consumers who are worried about portion control as well as researchers and doctors who use the data in aggregate research potentially.
He specified that the idea behind the project is to simplify the process of food diary keeping, so there would be no need to manually plug foods and serving sizes into an app.
In order to generate a calorie estimate the system measures the size of the pieces of food in relation to the plate. If the software misread the pics, user will have an option to approve or disapprove or make corrections.
If the technology comes out successful in its current usage, it would have other uses too, according to Murphy.
For now Im2Calories is still an experiment and it cannot be said, when it might be available.
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