Google’s tool – Im2Calories – will help you count calories in food from your Instagram pictures

Google’s tool – Im2Calories – will help you count calories in food from your Instagram pictures

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Google is now going into an area where we haven’t seen it as yet.  Food.  It is now working on an Artificial Intelligence algorithm based app to find the calories in your food from a simple Instagram pic that you upload of your food!  So all you guys who like to upload the pics of your food on Instagram – Google is coming for help!

At this week’s Rework Deep Learning Summit in Boston, Google research scientist Kevin Murphy unveiled a project that uses sophisticated deep learning algorithms to analyze a still photo of food, and estimate how many calories are on the plate. It’s called Im2Calories, and in one example, the system looked at an image, and counted two eggs, two pancakes and three strips of bacon. Since those aren’t exactly universal units of measurement, the system gauged the size of each piece of food, in relation to the plate, as well as any condiments. And Im2Calories doesn’t require carefully captured high-res images. Any standard Instagram-quality shot should do. (Source: Popular Science)

The Google app was announced at the Rework Deep Learning Summit last week.

During the presentation, he stated that, “We semi-automate. If it only works 30 percent of the time, it’s enough that people will start using it, we’ll collect data, and it’ll get better over time”. Users can correct the software as well if they go wrong identifying certain foods for example, if it confuses  fried eggs for poached eggs.

Murphy does not aim to shame users with the new system but wants to simply the ‘process of keeping a food diary and identifying foods’. This turns out to be much easier than manually feeding information to a food app which includes portions of food, type of food and so on. (Source: FirstPost)

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So very soon, you can manage your diet and what you eat with a little help from Google.

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