Would You Buy a Calorie-Counting Microwave?

By: | July 23rd, 2014

GE’s technology would tell you your nutritional information after you nuke your food. Photo © GE

General Electric is heating up things in the microwave industry by building a product capable of measuring the amount of calories in the food you are warming.

Researchers at GE are working on a technology that utilizes water content, fat content and weight, which then is able to approximate how healthy your meal is.

Currently, the prototype can only count calories in blended foods/liquids and even juice diets, so GE is working extensively to provide this capability to solid foods.

GE Research senior scientist Matt Webster tells MIT Technology Review,  “We’re looking at waves that pass all the way through the food,” which would in turn make GE’s technology much more accurate than previous calorie counting devices.

Eventually, the goal is to have a microwave that can spit out the calories in your meal in as little as one second.

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