While daydreaming about possible next generation upgrades fitness tracker features, I came across an interesting article reviewing current fitness and nutritional applications, related to caloric intake and diet monitoring by Michael Sawh.
Using a Withings Steel HR tracker and MyFitnessPal food tracking entry software, Michael admittedly resigned from food tracking, due to the overall chore of food entry logging fatigue. His review shed a good deal of light on the subject and got me to thinking.
While, I am somewhat aware of the challenges companies face in the development of technology that can bypass the current need to manually input food consumption throughout the day, I began to contemplate the kind of fitness tracker technology that could accurately monitor and record your food intake, without having to physically input the data hours later.
After more research, I came across another source related to the future development of food tracking wearable technology. A Japanese company NTT is making strides in developing auto food tracking software that could possibly be compatible with many current fitness tracker brands.
NTT it’s currently developing what they call, ‘Dietary Content Recognition Technology’ (DCRT), for the wrist style fitness trackers. In order for the software to be effective the wearable has to be worn on the dominant arm, to be able to accurately use the DCRT software.
As described in Japan Today, the new technology estimates food content, based on the frequency of movement, using an acceleration sensor and gyroscope inside the wrist style wearable or smartwatch. Data collected regarding arm movement, gets organized into time series tables, allowing the software to estimate what was being consumed.
So far several trials have been conducted using a beef bowl, sushi and bread. The technology reportedly recognized all three food items accurately. NTT is planning to begin more extensive trials in the near future.
With more development, this technology could prove to be a very useful commodity, making wearable usage more useful than ever. This technology could be A game changer for many demographics; athletes, diabetics, military, and the elderly. Many fitness tracker and wearable developers could greatly benefit; Fitbit, Misfit, Jawbone, Apple and many other wearable devices.
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