When James wrestled competitively in high school, he was neurotic about his dieting, since the balance between weight and efficient muscle mass is crucial in the sport. He studied the nutritional labels of everything he ate during the wrestling season. However, logging these numbers was inconvenient and he tried to estimate his caloric intake instead.
Tracking one's diet is expected of any competitive athlete in any sport, or anyone looking to stay on a diet, and it could be made easier through streamlined logging. Additionally, since half the team owned an Alexa device, we wanted to take advantage of the hands-free technology as well.
Thus, Food Cycle was born.
What does Food Cycle do?
Using our application, the user can take a picture of his or her meal using an iOS phone and accurately log the nutritional information of the food automatically. Stored per day, this nutritional information includes calories, carbs, cholesterol, sodium, sugar, protein, fat, and meals. Food Cycle also implements an Alexa skill to relay the nutrition log recorded by the application and vocalize it to the user.
How was Food Cycle built?
What are some problems we ran into?
What are some accomplishments we're proud of?
Aside from the challenges, we surprised ourselves with how quickly we made progress in a working photo-recognition app and the complementary Alexa skill. Our team split into two, working independently on these two aspects- this vastly improved our efficiency, suiting our strengths and interests. We also believe this is a diverse project, utilizing a phone app, photo-recognition, and an Alexa device, all in the sake of making tracking less inconvenient.
What did we learn?
What's next for Food Cycle?
We can implement nutritional goals, as well as tracking the percentage of the daily goal we are at, such as a caloric limit or protein minimum. We can also program Alexa to provide optimal meal options catered to your needs upon request. In terms of photo-recognition, we can train our own food model to identify certain foods, such drink containers, more accurately than food101.