New diet app counts calories in a photo of your food

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Giving a new meaning to all those Instagram food photos - this app can tell you the calories in that piece of cake and artfully shot coffee.

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A new diet app claims it can tell you the calories in your meal through a single photograph.

The clever chaps behind your mobile boyfriend, Siri, are in the midst of developing the app that will enable you to take a picture of your food and get an approximate calorie count.

But how does it work?


We're glad you asked. Apparently it will use a swanky image recognition system to scan the photo and analyse the different parts of your meal.

But I hide butter in my food


As do we, and it seems this is the major problem at the moment with it, as obviously you can not tell if someone has buried an eclair under a pile of mash, or the hidden oils and fats that may be lurking.

However the team behind it say this is why it is only an approximate amount of calories - within an accurate range. It will basically give you the jist.

The team are also currently working on a way to deal with foods that by their nature contain hidden calories, burritos for example are likely to cause it problems.

When will it be released?


Not for another year - so you have plenty of time to get used to eating open sandwiches.

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