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MealSnap Spits Back Calorie Count From Your Food Pic!
By: Prashanth Shantharam  |  6, April 2011

MealSnap, a $2.99 iOS app lets you measure the calorie intake of the food you are about to ingest. All you need to do is take a pic of the food in front of you via the MealSnap app, send it in and the app would spit back the calorie count. The only draw-back of this app so far is that the order of magnitude of its estimates is pretty large.

Talking of the huge data range, from the Screendump above, we notice that the estimate for Chocolate is 90-380 calories. Cashews are even higher!

“It’s not super important to be accurate,” says CEO Andy Smith “Just the act of tracking something can change behavior.”

Yes, I’d like to believe if people have a rough idea of what their intake is, they’d gradually change behavior in terms of both diet and exercise. But having upped a few notches on my health consciousness levels recently, the current calorie count data estimate is too vague for me. Although I think it would be satisfactory to the larger populace.

Going forward, i’d like to get an accurate calorie count with minimum variance, as it could help structure my diet and exercise regimen better. I’m pretty sure MealSnap would deliver that a few paces down its experience curve. This is a great start though for MealSnap.

An Android app is in the pipeline and is expected to come out soon.

Image Credit: Calorielab

Content Credit: Allthingsd


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