Google hopes to track calories using photos


Google hopes to track calories using photos

Many people like to take photos of their food. It could soon be of benefit to you if Google has its way. Google is developing an algorithm that will count calories based on photos.

The project, which is called Im2Calories, will detect foods in a photo based on their physical qualities. Once it detects what foods are on your plate, it then displays a calorie count.

That doesn’t sound promising for poor cooks or those who can’t dish up food very well. Also, if you’re taking a photo before you eat that calorie count could put you right off.

The technology is still in its early days, and Google has no immediate plans for release. But that hasn’t stopped Google research scientist Kevin Murphy from getting excited about what this technology could mean.

Murphy said that Google hopes that users will be able to keep a log of their meals as a constructive means of staying in shape, rather than using the tech to feel regret. “If we can do this for food, that's just the killer app,” Murphy said.

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