Google is working on an application that will scan food images and count calories that are present in the food. It is developed using artificial intelligence technology, and was introduced this week at a tech conference in Boston.
According to Popular Science, the app uses algorithms to scan food images that are uploaded to Instagram, and estimates the amount of calories present in it. The underlying technology came from DeepMind- a company, which Google acquired in last year for around $400 million.
The app is called Im2Caolories. According to a demo give by Kevin Murphy, the app is able to tell you many calories count were on eggs, bacon breakfast plate and bread toast. The app doesn’t need a high-resolution image, or a creative one to count the calories, it just scans the food image present on the user’s mobile screen and run according to the coded algorithms.
Murphy revealed that the developers have acknowledged a problem in app and said that it is not able to identify food in photos. He stated that the Google’s goal is not to shame people for what they eat, but, by using this app, it will help users to keep track of their daily dietary supplements or more easy to keep a food diary.
As a research project, the Im2Calories might not be able to view the light of day for an average user, as Google has registered a patent on the technology.
Machine learning, where computer programs get smarter over time, and are becoming the new Silicon Valley arms race as tech companies like Facebook and Google that are making sense of the huge amounts of data that both the companies are generating.
Now, it is easy for users to keep track of their dietary supplement, and by using Google’s new app it will aid them to keep track of their calorie counts; just like a personal health care diary.