Google has announced that they are working on an artificial intelligence app which can count how much calories your food has based on a photo. At the Rework Deep Learning Summit which took place in Boston last week Kevin Murphy has announced this invention, which will be known as Im2Calories. This means that taking photos of your food can also help keeping you informed, it won’t be just for your Instagram page.
The artificial intelligence system will analyze the depth of each pixel in and image and identify visual patterns associated with existing foods. Afterwards deep learning algorithms will establish connections between the appearance of particular foods and caloric data. By analyzing the size the app will determine how much food you have in your plate.
Murphy said that Im2Calories’s goal is not to make users feel bad about the calories they consume, but to make it easier for them to keep a food diary and to help them manage nutrition and weight management. He also added:
“To me it’s obvious that people really want this and this is really useful. Now we can start to potentially join information from multiple people and start to do population level statistics. I have colleagues in epidemiology and public health, and they really want this stuff.”
You do not need to use high-resolution images in order to receive an accurate result. You can very well use usual Instagram photos.
Although the app is not yet completely accurate, researchers hope that in time, through use, the artificial intelligence system will improve. Murphy says that even if the app works in only 30% of the time it will be enough for users to use it. Both developers and end-users can manually correct the mistakes and the app will improve over time.
Im2Calories may prove to be very beneficial. People who have weight problems or who are concerned about what they eat and their nutrition habits would certainly find this tool useful. In addition researchers and doctors could use the data gathered by the app in order to study dietary habits and develop improvements which can be adopted in our daily eating routines.
According to Google spokesman Jason Freidenfelds the app is still in the research stage and the researchers have no product plans so far. Freidenfelds said that at this point they do not have much to say because it would be only speculations.
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