Snap It: The New Calorie Counting Feature
If you like trying to lose weight or are simply looking for a way to keep track of the calories you consume, the calorie counting app Lose It!, has a new addition to help you out. Aptly named Snap It! the newest feature in the app allows you to count calories through images.
While the Lose It! app for weight-loss has always had the ability to track your food, users were previously required to manually type in what food they were eating. The app would then log it into the database and track your calories and nutrition too. Since this was pretty time consuming, the team decided to make the process simpler.
Lose It! has capitalized on the fact that people love to capture and share images of the food that they eat. By taking a photo of your food and uploading it to the app, the system then analyses what is in the photo using its image recognition software. It then offers a number of suggestions for what you are possibly eating. For example, you should be able to take a picture of your fish and chips and then get a suggestion for that dish with the calories in it. This is also based on the portion size that you are eating.
While it does not make the food logging process completely automatic, it has made it a lot simpler. So you will not have to search endlessly through the app to identify what you are eating.
As the feature is still in its Beta stage, it may not be able to accurately suggest the food you are eating. However, with the addition of more and more images and the growth of the database, in time it should be able to easily differentiate baba ghanoush from hummus. In the meantime, users can still choose to manually enter their food data into the calorie tracker.
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by techtalks @TechTalks November 7, 2016 5:13 AM UTC