Google will use deep-learning research in it’s new app that could count the calories using a picture of you food plate. Google is serious about launching this app soon, as it already patented the idea.
Knowing how Google develops its apps, it is likely the new function will do more than just count calories. Speculations from app developers, say it will probably be a full “diet diary”, containing suggestions for how to achieve you daily calorie target.
In 2014 DeepMind Technologies was bought by the corporate giant Google, for the fabulous sum of 400 million dollars. The company was bough mainly to add research and specialists into Google’s team.
The London startup company, was the main research center into a new technology that could be used for an array of apps ranging from facial and sound recognition, to pixel depth analysis.
The app called Im2Calories analyzes your photos, and making use of image recognition, compares them to google’s database using new kinds of analysis algorithms.
So far, the app successfully analyzed the nutritional value of different portions of food and accompanying condiments. It does this by matching your picture’s each pixel depth, and comparing it to the database of nutritional information from google’s servers.
The app is based on the deep-mind technology which is also useful in creating learning patterns. Even if the app is now far from achieving 100% accuracy, as more and more pictures are compared it will get better.
Deep-mind technology will enable the database from each of the photos submitted to continually improve results.
Even if the app reaches very good accuracy levels, there is one more problem as the data used in the algorithms comes from nutritional values listed on labels.
Nutritional values are not always the ones shown on labels, and results are not yet considered when shifts occur due to preparation and quality of ingredients.
The usefulness of this app will increase in time it is hoped. However, do not consider it as an accurate physician or nutritionist advice replacement.
Diets are not universally efficient or healthy. Nutritionists spend years studying body types, chemical compounds, nutritional needs and effects on the body’s organs.
Maintaining good health when going through diets depends on listening to your doctor’s advice and not exaggerating with your target weight.
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