The French startup company Foodvisor, which was created in 2015, has been working on an app that monitors what you eat and provides you with a range of information to help you achieve your goals. At present, Foodvisor has made over $1.5 million.
Based on your details such as gender, age, and weight, the app tries to calculate the specifics of your food so you can better gauge if you’re on the right path to dropping a few extra pounds or simply eating healthier in general.
“We’ve spent a little over two years doing research and development before we launched the app in 2018 in France,” said co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Aurore Tran.
What does the app actually do?
The app works by running the images you take of your food through a deep learning algorithm that attempts to quantify what you’re eating. After taking a photo of your meal, the app attempts to categorize the type of food you’re about to eat as well as its weight. It tries to calculate the distance from your plate to your phone through the camera’s autofocus ability, and then the area and volume of each piece of food on your plate.
If the app miscalculated something, you have the option to manually alter the data prior to logging your meal. A lot of nutrition trackers are too complicated and too much effort for most people, which is why Foodvisor is aiming to make its app as easy to use as possible.
Once your meal has been logged, you’ll receive a bunch of nutritional details about your food, such as a calorie count and the amount of protein and fiber it contains, which you can then use to establish a diet plan and evaluate your developments as you progress.
The app works on both iOS and Android, it has a premium subscription option that will cost $5 to $10 each month, it’s available in English, German, Spanish, and French, and it has already been downloaded over 1.8 million times. And to top it all off, premium members will have access to direct consultancy with professionally trained nutritionists through the app.
“We have adjusted our product, we’ve enriched our database to better target the American market,” said Tran.