Measuring weight and location of individual bites using a sensor augmented smart plate.
Mertes G., Christiaensen G., Hallez H., Verslype S., Chen W., Vanrumste B.
In this work, a novel plate system that can detect weight and location of individual bites during meals is presented. The system consists of a base station with sensors and a detachable off-the-shelf polymer plate with three com- partments. By combining data from multiple weight sensors, the weight of individual bites can be accurately measured and localized on the plate to determine the compartment from which they were taken. With prior knowledge of the weight of the food in each compartment at the start of the meal, the system can estimate the nutritional value of the consumed food. In a test conducted in a controlled home environment, the system was able to measure the weight of consumed food in each compartment with a maximum relative error of 1.4%. The goal of the system is to replace traditional monitoring tools and to automatically monitor the amount of consumption.