Do You Eat Too Much? Here’s One Way To Tell!
WearSens is a metal necklace that records everything you eat and drink, and then sends the data to your smartphone. The phone vibrates when you’re eating or drinking (or, for that matter, smoking) too much!
It's easier than keeping a food diary, says Majid Sarrafzadeh, the UCLA computer scientist behind the tool, as reported in the New York Daily News. “People do not keep a diary after the first few weeks because it is simply hard to do," he told the publication. "With our system, you just wear it and forget about it."
His prototype can tell when you're eating too much or too little, if you're chewing too quickly, and even whether you're eating hot, cold, hard or soft foods. It then sends alerts to your phone with suggestions on how to modify your behavior. The collar looks like a choker, but it thankfully does not constrict your breathing if you go overboard.
To establish a baseline reading, WearSens users first chow down on a three-inch Subway sandwich and 12-inch drink. Sarrafzadeh chose those foods so everyone's readings would be consistent."We felt it would be harder to measure a bowl of pasta across all subjects," he said. He's tested his device on 30 people, and more testing and a chat with the FDA are next. He hopes the device will one day monitor breathing and medication adherence.
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