Recently Google unveiled an app that can guess the number of calories in your Instagram food photos at a tech conference in Boston.
Im2Calories is an artificial intelligence software that uses algorithms to estimate the number of calories in your Instagram food photos.
"The idea behind the project is to simplify the process of keeping a food diary, eliminating the need to manually plug your foods and serving sizes into an app," said Kevin Murphy, Google research scientist.
The system gauges the size of pieces of food in relation to the plate to generate a calories estimate, and the user will have the option to approve or disapprove and make corrections if the software misreads your pics.
Murphy said, "We're going to average over a week or a month or a year. And now we can start to potentially join information from multiple people and start to do population level statistics."
According to Murphy, the technology has other possible uses too, if it comes out successful in its current usage.