iPhone App Video Review: Meal Snap – Calorie Counting Magic

Apr 7, 2011

Every so often an app comes along that defies what we thought possible. Shazam and SoundHound brought us music recognition, IntoNow brought us television show recognition, and now Meal Snap brings us food recognition. Meal Snap is an app created by the developer Daily Burn for suggesting calories for meals.

The app is literally what you think it is. You take a picture and it will tell you exactly what kinds of food are in the picture and give you a rough estimate of how many calories are there.

Once added, pictures are stored by date so you can roughly keep track of your daily intake. But the reason most of us will download this app is for the seemingly magical ability to recognize food. I had huge doubts as to whether this app could perform as advertised but in my tests, the app successfully recognized 9 out of the ten items I photographed. Even obscure things like my tub of sliced ham and mashed apple pie were correctly identified. I have no idea how that works, but it was amazing and opened my mind to some awesome uses for this app.

If you have a few dollars to spare and are looking for some great technology to show off to friends, check this out. It may not be perfect for a diet, but it will definitely impress those around you.

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Erik Fikkert

With a heart for technology and its synergy with daily life, Erik has been involved in many different areas of media. He has composed music for film, designed branding for local companies and currently enjoys spending his days playing with iPhone apps and keeping up with the latest tech news.

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