Eating too much? A Dartmouth researcher thinks he may have a answer for all those who loathe manually writing into an app all the foods they eat throughout the day a wearable system that sees how much you chew and enters it for you.
The device, created by graduate student Shengjie Bi, uses two off-the-shelf sensors todetect in real period the type of feeing you do, and claims an accuracy surpassing 90.9 percentage. While thats not exactly what you chew, it can help you recognize how much you chew.
Americans have a serious habit of overeating, leading to a nationwide obesity epidemic. Despite the evidence, many of us believe we feed healthy food, never realizing how much “weve been” stuffing ourfaces throughout the day. Much of the problem come to portion control and unconsciousnoshing, so a device keeping tabs on our chewing could aid in helping us face ourselves.
Of course, there have been a few rare attempts to do something similar. Healbe GoBe constructed headlines when it launched an Indiegogocampaign claiming the device could measure caloric uptake through your skin. Now on Amazon, the GoBe starts at $ 150 and says it can do this by analyzing your body glucose concentrations, though the accuracy seems to get mixedreviews.
TheAIRO Watch was another device claiming to measure caloric intake through spectroscopic analysis of body tissue. The company also operated an Indiegogo campaign, but objective up having to issue a bunch of refunds and we havent heard much from the company since then.
Bis device wont be commercially available anytime soon, as hes only conducted a narrow studyof 20 people so far. However, it does open the discussion for a better style to watch our calories. We are swimming inFitbits, Apple Watches and other devices for monitoring calories burned, but we still dont have many options when it comes to digitally watching what we eat.
Right now the device doesnt account for chewing on salad versus chewing cookies, so its not ideal for caloric intake monitoring just yet though I wouldnt regulation that out down the line. It also might be pretty weird togo around wearing a sensor on your jaw, letting everyone know you are tracking how much you eat throughout the day. However, someone else could come up with a less embarrassing method to check your calories in versus out.
Its early days, but I have no doubt there are other companies out there working in a similar space( get at me if you know of a good one ). But one thing is sure, there are fewer companies concentrating on caloric intake than caloric burn, and that seems like an opportunity. I dont know about you, but I often forget to write down what I feed every day.