How many calories are there in our food photos? We might soon know

How many calories are there in our food photos? We might soon know
Boston-based startup AVA has launched a private beta for what it calls a “personalized, data-driven coaching solution” for intelligent eating.What that means, is that AVA wants to take all your masterpieces in the field of culinary photography and provide nutritional information for each of the meals. Yeah, imagine a future where you just snap a picture of your dish and you instantly know how much calories are in it.

But how is this even possible? Well, we don't know for sure yet. What we do know is that it involves artificial intelligence and image-recognition technology, according to the official press release:

“AVA provides the easiest way to track what you're eating and then receive personalized recommendations from a health coach based on what you need. AVA offers a variety of programs to help users achieve their nutritional goals. We also factor in your specific preferences so that every recommendation is something you’re likely to use,” claims AVA founder and CEO Ian Brady.

AVA's ambitious service doesn't work with a separate app, but is entirely message-based and involves texting the pictures to AVA directly. The service is expected to exit the closed beta stage and see a public launch sometime this year. For more information and to get an invite, you can visit AVA's official site (linked below).

source: AVA via SlashGear



1. goatah

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

How much calories...........Wow! Come on PA, I am a math guy, and even I know it is "How many calories." That is BAD!

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Also food photos hardly have calories ;)

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

RIP title.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"AVA solves one of the most frustrating aspects of healthy eating – tracking and managing what you eat" tracking and managing how many calories that you eat is already frustating, let alone managing what you eat based on calories down to exact number, lol.. just enjoy your life and eat whatever you want, and exercise to burn those extra calories

5. Conkreet908

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

Just burn more then you put in... simple

6. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

It will never go beyond showing you similar pictures to choose from so that it can guesstimate. Sometimes it will automatically pick one for you. But how can it guess the size of the plate if for example you are pointing it at a photo from a menu? How can you tell from a photo whether there is a filling or not? It makes all the difference. I'm sure sure this could be really useful but it will always need to be guided.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Uhm, there has long been an app for this on the App Store, since at least 2011. IIRC, it was called Meal Snap.

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