The story of DietSensor is the story of how Remy and Astrid Bonnasse, a French couple living in Paris, embarked on a mission to help their daughter, diagnosed aged 9 with a Type 1 diabetes, find an easy-to-use, accurate way of effectively managing her condition. It’s a story of a family making wholesale lifestyle changes, sacrificing successful executive careers, taking a leap of faith and moving to a place where the cost of living was much less, purely so that they could focus on developing technology to deliver a platform that is not only helping their daughter, but which which has the capability of improving the quality of life the hundreds of millions of people dealing with chronic conditions such as Diabetes or obesity, hypertension or struggling with weight issues.
In many ways, it’s been a journey into the unknown. Neither Remy or Astrid come from a technology background, they’ve never worked in app development. So the learning curve was amazingly steep. Since DietSensor was founded in 2015, the focus has been to develop the DietSensor Application for iOS and Android devices. Funding themselves in part and building a team of seed investor contacts along the way through their business and personal contacts, the DietSensor team was built, adding developers, researchers, embracing medical experts, technology and strategic marketing partners, to deliver, via smartphone, an affordable and trustworthy solution to manage their nutrition intake wisely and get their health back on track.
Personalized health and nutrition management are important, and the range of technologies out there that help us in these areas can seem bewildering. At the heart of the DietSensor philosophy is an experience that is highly personal. Nobody, and no body, is the same. Each of us has individual needs when it comes to ensuring our nutrition needs are addressed in a beneficial way. DietSensor is a truly unique product that operates as a personal hub for nutrition and health management, building completely personalized easy to follow programs designed to ensure uses meet their daily goals.
“We were coping with the difficulty of living in ignorance and bearing the weight of the constraints of a complex illness. We discovered for ourselves that all the nutritional knowledge that could change our lives existed in books and scientific publications, but it was not at our fingertips. Doctors and dietitians unfortunately do not have enough time to educate all their patients. Our ambition is that DietSensor will extend their work and help anyone with smart food choices anywhere, anytime.” Remy, Co-founder and CEO of DietSensor
At CES in January 2016, DietSensor received an innovation award for its technology, which synched a DietSensor smartphone app with a SCiO® scanner, a small, handheld Bluetooth molecular sensor, developed by Consumer Physics, which uses near infrared spectroscopy to determine the nutritional values of food and drinks with an instant molecular analysis. Unfortunately, the SCiO® came out to be too expensive for consumers, and eventhough the technology performance was impressive the founders had to turn to other innovative technologies like voice control to offer a straight forward food logging user experience.
DietSensor has remained focused on its mission to give patients and people coping with weight issues, scientifically-backed contents and advice. DietSensor can be used by anyone wanting to accurately track nutrition, and in that respect, the app itself offers a great deal of functionality. For example, users can set up personal goals based on initial data that they input. Based on that, DietSensor can generate a personal nutrition plan broken out by meals on a daily basis. Food and drink data can also be added through barcode reading, voice or manual override. Meals can also be simulated in advance to provide guidance on how much of a particular item can be consumed to stay on track. There’s also a personal nutrition coaching that generates a progression chart detailing carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and calories levels, and a virtual ‘fitness coach’ function that provides personal feedback and recommendations on the quantity (and quality) of food and drink uses can consume to hit their targets.
“We are excited that our personal experience can benefit others and we are delighted to see how users are enthusiastic about the impact nutrition can have on their lives through the vast breadth of services that the App offers.» Astrid, co-founder and Communications Director