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Calorie tracking and ingredient inspection for special dietary needs when purchasing food in restaurants or vending machines using mobile device NFC protocols.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000226638D
Publication Date: 2013-Apr-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 15K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that allows the consumer to use a Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile device to connect to an NFC device in a restaurant, on a menu, or on a vending machine, to download a list of the products available for purchase along with calorie and other nutritional information.

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Calorie tracking and ingredient inspection for special dietary needs when purchasing food in restaurants or vending machines using mobile device NFC protocols .

Consumers interested in keeping track of calorie intake during the day must perform the manual task of looking up calorie amounts for each item to consume and entering it in a mobile application (app) that tracks calorie intake. This becomes a tedious and difficult task for consumers eating at restaurants or purchasing items from vending machines. Restaurants may or may not provide calorie information and it may not be printed directly on the menu. Vending machines often do not provide calorie counts and the

packages cannot be examined prior to purchase. It should be possible for consumers to easily see calorie counts for items prior to purchase and filter items that do not fall

within an acceptable calorie range. Similarly, people with special dietary needs (e.g., allergies) also need to read ingredient lists to determine which items are safe.

This concept is a system that allows the consumer to use a Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile device to connect to an NFC device in a restaurant, on a menu, or on a vending machine to download a list of the products available for purchase, along with calorie information. An app on the mobile device is pre-configured by the user with information concerning calorie limits and any ingredients that the user does not wish to consume. The application uses this pre-co...