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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Van Vliet

Technology changing the way you think of food!

Updated: Sep 7, 2018

I love food, cooking and eating is a passion of mine. Nevertheless, I own an IT company. So, how do I write about food on a Tech blog? Simple, I write about how technology has change food as we know it.

Calorie tracker camera tech

There’s no shortage of calorie counting apps on the market, but the creators of popular diet tracker Lose It! may have just taken the cake! literally, with the debut of their innovative new feature, Snap It.

Snap It uses advanced image recognition technology to identify foods and report calorie levels in seconds. Consumers simply snap a photo of their meal, and the Snap It tool identifies individual food items. Consumers then confirm their items and select a serving size, and Snap It lists total calories for each item. Smartphone users can download the latest version of the Lose It! app to access Snap It! Gluten avoiders, meet Nima.

Nima is a small, portable sensor that consumers can use to quickly detect whether the food in front of them contains gluten. This product is the first for San Francisco-based 6SensorLabs.

The key to Nima is its speed. Yates, one of the founders of 6SensorLabs says, "that existing tests on the market take up to 15 or 20 minutes to give an uneasy diner a definitive answer. Nima takes two minutes."A lot of the innovation was [asking ourselves] how do we make this fast enough so we can put it in the hands of consumers," she says.

All a user has to do is place a sample of the food into a disposable, one-time use capsule and close it with a cap. They then place the little capsule into the sensor and turn it on with the push of a button. If the food does contain gluten, a little blue sad face will pop up on Nima's display. If it's gluten-free, you'll see a happy face. The sensor will detect if the food contains at least 20 parts per million of the gluten protein, in adherence with the FDA's requirement that gluten-free food contain less than 20 parts per million.

App's That are changing the food world

​​OpenTable – You’ve probably already heard of, an online reservation service. I have personally used this to reserve a table at some of those harder to get into restaurants. Zomato – This app brings a fun element to the locating a restaurant. You can see other peoples ratings of restaurants, leave your own reviews, as well as scroll through the treading places to eat. Tipulator – This app allows you to calculate any tip from 0 to 50% among as many people as are in the party. It could be a double edged sword for your servers, but this cool little app will probably help customers calculate a good tip rather than a bad one. So if your like this blogger, this app is a must. No math skills for me! Tasteful - This is a game changer for healthy eating. With Tasteful, users are able to search for restaurants and their menus just by selecting their healthy diet preferences including vegetarian, vegan, paleo, low carb, and gluten free. It’s crazy how helpful this app is. Happy Hour Finder - Take the guessing out of what time a certain bar or restaurant offers their happy hour. Now you can search for restaurants and bars around you and know exactly what time there happy hour is while also learning about any specials and deals. A lot of food service companies have their own app to make things easier for their consumer. Starbucks, Taco Bell, Sonic, Panera Bread, Chipotle, and much more.


A California-based company designed a strategy that involves robots, humans, and mobile cooking to improve the quality of delivery pizza. Zume Pizza aims to cut down on the time between pizzas coming out of the oven and landing on a customer’s plate by cooking the pizzas inside a delivery truck, ensuring optimal freshness.

Technology has advanced many things the food sciences are just the beginning, the medical field has changed in many ways also. just remember that with technology advancing there can be those people that will take advantage of such . technology

when I was in high school. now I see my children with their tablets, phones, and computers. It amazes me how far technology has come in 20 years. This blog just goes to show that technology reaches into every aspect of out lives, and it is just going to expand from here. Check out the article below on technology and food.


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