Apple Patent App Outlines System For Tracking Calories Via Apple Watch Or IPhone

Posted: May 3 2017, 5:38am CDT | by , in Apple


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Apple Patent App Outlines System for Tracking Calories via Apple Watch or iPhone

Tracking system relies on RFID tags affixed to foods

If you have ever been on a diet or workout plan that had a caloric intake limit you had to keep track of, you know what a pain it can be to do that. The problem comes in that it can be very hard to figure out exactly how many calories and other nutrients are in the food you eat, especially in foods from restaurants. There are plenty of apps where you have to figure out that nutritional information and then enter it manually.

Often the difficulty of that means that people stop tracking calories in short time. Apple has a patent app that outlines a very easy and automated way that Apple Watch users might one day be able to track their caloric intake. The patent app is titled "Electronic tag transmissions of custom-order nutritional information."

The system involves having restaurants and other food vendors placing RFID tags on the items. Those tags would be generated on the fly and attached to items at the food counter as part of the packaging or on the receipt. Those tags could then be read by an NFC-capable device like the Apple Watch or iPhone.

The custom RFID tag on the food would have nutritional information for every item on the custom food order for the buyer like bread, cheese, meat, and sauces placed on a hamburger. The app running on the Apple device would then automatically subtract the calories in the meal from the daily total the user is allowed reports MacRumors.

The problems I see with such a system would be preventing your NFC device from accidentally scanning someone else's food when moving through a packed restaurant. The big issue would be in getting the food vendors to adopt the RFID technology. I can't see a McDonald's worker who has trouble simply getting an order correct being able to spend extra time affixing RFID tags to the food.

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