Researchers at MIT are currently working on a new type of software that would make it easier for consumers to log nutritional information. One of the problems with calorie counting is that it is tedious and difficult to carry out accurately. Now researchers are looking to solve this problem by creating the first voice-activated calorie counter.
Using information from the USDA's nutritional database, the new software will be able to evaluate a user's calorie intake based on voice commands alone. Users will simply need to tell the program what they ate and how much they ate and the software will automatically log the correct nutritional data. Users will even be able to verbally quantify their portion size or enter the information manually if they so choose.
While the software is still being tested, the program could make it easier for consumers to log nutritional information and better maintain healthy eating habits.