Samsung Bixby Will Soon be Able to Count Calories in Food
Applications such as MyFitnessPal and other calorie counters help people monitor what eat throughout the day, which makes it easier to see how many calories they have left in their daily allotment. But measuring food portions on the go can be tough, which is why Samsung’s updating is Bixby assistant with the ability to estimate calories from photos of food.
At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung’s demoing Bixby’s calorie-counting feature to attendees. It’s still in development right now, and occasionally has trouble identifying foodstuff — especially when there are multiple items on a single plate. But the company showed that it can tell the difference between dishes like a margarita pizza and a steak.
Since Bixby isn’t using a special sensor to analyze nutritional content, there’s a bit of a variance in the actual calorie count versus what’s reported, and Samsung’s using “generic data” for food items. Still, it’s faster than a calorie-counting app.
It’s definitely not the first of its kind — apps like Bitesnap and Calorie Mama AI have been estimating calorie counts from food photos for a while. But Samsung reps said that it’ll eventually be integrated with Samsung’s Health service, which is a nice added convenience.