Credit: Scientific Reports (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-03972-8
New technology could help reduce malnutrition and improve overall health in long-term care homes by automatically recording and tracking how much food residents consume.
The smart system, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and the University Health Network, uses artificial intelligence software to analyze photos of plates of food after residents have eaten.
The sophisticated software, which examines color, depth, and other photo features, can estimate how much of each kind of food has been consumed and calculate its nutritional value.
“Right now, there …