GE Calorie Counter is a concept design of a future home appliance that helps you track calories the food you’re going to eat, any food. It sounds like just imagination right, well everything starts with imagination. Matt Webster, the engineer behind this futuristic idea was inspired by his own wife. It was started when he wanted to give annual birthday surprise and asked his wife if she’d like an activity monitor as a gift. Well, his wife told him if it didn’t automatically track the calories she ate, she didn’t want it. There’s no such device in the market, but lucky her, Webster is a senior scientists at GE’s labs in upstate New York, this guy specialty is diagnostics and biomedical research. It sounded crazy and impossible, but this guy took the challenge.
Designer : Matt Webster
Researching through a massive food library compiled by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Webster and his team has boiled it down to a simple recipe that determines calories from a small handful of data points. They can use sensors and data points to calculate calories in any food. The analysis has enabled the team to write an equation that estimate calories in different food with just 3 simple measurements: weight, fat content, and water content. All the data of your food is gathered using advanced electronics and sensors, they shower the food with microwaves to detect fat and water. This guy really has gone all the way to create his wife’s dream present.