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Voice-Activated Calorie Counters

This Software Will Make It Easier to Log Nutritional Information

— March 24, 2016 — Lifestyle
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.
Trend Themes
1. Voice-activated Calorie Counters - Creating a first voice-activated calorie counter opens the door for similar voice-activated health-related technology and even virtual nutrition assistants.
2. Nutritional Information Logging Software - There could potentially be a surge in demand for software that makes it simpler for consumers to log a wide range of nutritional information, not just calorie intake.
3. Health and Wellness Tech Advancements - The increasing focus on health and wellness could inspire a range of technological advancements that could disrupt various industries, from fitness to medicine.
Industry Implications
1. Healthcare - The integration of voice-activated technology could bring about a revolution in healthcare, particularly when it comes to patient monitoring and health management.
2. Food and Beverage - Restaurants and food manufacturers could see a shift towards the development of healthier menu items and a greater emphasis on providing detailed nutritional information.
3. Fitness and Wearable Technology - Wearable technology that integrates with nutritional logging software could further incentivize users to adopt healthier habits and track their progress over time.
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