May 19, 2022

Super Cool! Mobile Technology: "New App Counts Calories Through Photos Of Food"

We’ve written about image recognition/cameraphone searching technology for a long time and in the next few years it will become a mainstream technology.

LTU Technologies is one of. several companies doing work (and offering services) in  They offer a free iPhone app. Google Goggles, Bing’s mobile apps, and SnapTell (from Amazon’s A9) also utilize image recog technology

Today, Nic Halverson on writes about  a new iPhone app that lets users snap a cameraphone picture of a food item–over 500,000 images are in the database–and have nutrition information sent back to them.

“We’ve heard from members over the years that calorie counting can be time consuming and harder for some of our users to sustain over time,” said the developer DailyBurn’s CEO Andy Smith in a press release.


“The database can quickly help identity the food, how many calories there are, proteins, fat, carbs, vitamins, whatever you may want to know,” Smith was quoted saying by Reuters.

Of course, cool technology is one thing but how well it works in real world situations is another. We’re downloading a copy of MealSnap and will report back.

See Also: More About MealSnap (Including a Video Overview)

See Also: Full Text of Reuters Article

See Also: Complete News Release

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.