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Freshman Design 2008: Andrew Cebulski and his team's Final Design Report on Diet Management

Andrew Cebulski and his team members last year worked on their freshman design project titled 'Diet Management'. See below for the Abstract and a link to their Full design report.

Abstract:

The cell phone dietary monitoring system is intended to easily record the user’s food intake, and also provide information that is important to their diet plan. The device is designed to utilize a Bluetooth headset, which will be able to listen for the user to begin chewing. The headset will also be able to take in the name and portion size of a food. Finally, the device is able to output important nutritional information about the user’s diet, such as calories and vitamins. The device prompts the user to input their meal information after every major meal, based on when they finish chewing. The information is stored in the user’s cell phone. After the food information has been recorded, the information is sent to an online database, which is able to obtain average nutritional values for each type of food. The values are sent back to the user’s phone, where they are kept track of. The user has the ability to have specified totals read to them through the Bluetooth headset after every meal. The device allows the user to accurately keep track of the foods they eat, as well as give them an idea of how they can better follow their chosen diet plan. The technology does not detect drinks, and it may not always work correctly in loud environments. The technology operates under the assumption that the user records the foods and the serving sizes correctly. Two areas for future work on the project are the hardware needed to analyze the chewing, and the other area is the power consumption of the total device.

Final Design Report: Diet Management Final Design Report

Source: The Drexel Smart House Wiki

Among the sources that the team used included:

C. A. Vereecken, M. Covents, C. Matthys and L. Maes, "Young adolescents' nutrition assessment on computer (YANA-C)," European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 59, pp. 658, May. 2005.

N. De Belie, M. Sivertsvik and J. De Baerdemaeker, "Differences in chewing sounds of dry-crisp snacks by multivariate data analysis," in First International ISMA Workshop on Noise and Vibration in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 2003, pp. 625-43.

J. L. Weinstein, V. Phillips, E. MacLeod, M. Arsenault and A. M. Ferris, "A Universal Product Code Scanner Is a Feasible Method of Measuring Household Food Inventory and Food Use Patterns in Low-Income Families," Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 106, pp. 443-445, 3. 2006.

C. Wardell, "What's On Now The kitchen of the future is not so very far away. Get a piece of it with these innovative new products.;" Popular Science, vol. 264, pp. 40, March. 2004.

Bowers, John H. amd Thomas J. Clare, "Inventory System using Articles with RFID tags," U.S. 5963134, October 5, 1999. [Online].

P. Harrop. Smart labels. AccessScience@McGraw-Hill (Online Science and Technology Encyclopedia available from the library's web site)
(Note: See What is AccessScience? How do I access it?

R. Hall and J. S. Hampl, "Radio frequency identification: Applications for dietetics professionals," Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 104, pp. 1521-1522, 10. 2004.

An excellent compilation of references using scholarly journal articles, patents and electronic reference works.

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