Now that we’ve got your attention, allow us to share some of our story with you. Behind DietSensor, there most certainly is a backstory, and this one begins with a little girl named Victoria.Like most 9-year-olds, Victoria bursts with imagination. She’s a doodler, a mischief-maker, a daydreamer. To meet her, you wouldn’t think she has a care in the world.
But Victoria has a bit more going on than most children her age. Two years ago, Victoria was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The very next morning, the counting began. That’s right, counting carbs at age 9.
Victoria needs to measure how many carbohydrates she ingests at each and every meal, and she will do this for the rest of her life. Snacks on the run? Done. Surprise treats handed out at school? A thing of the past.
Counting, Counting, Counting
You’ve likely figured out that this is not just any little girl we’re talking about here. Victoria is our girl. We are involved in the whole counting process, of course, but we cannot be with our daughter all day, every day – she’s got to be active and circulate! And so…she counts. She has learned to read nutritional labels on all packaging. She estimates portions; she keeps a logbook. Even with a smartphone app dedicated to manual counting, this endless task is stressful, inexact, and downright tedious for all of us.
The stakes are high – poor measurement of carbs for someone like our daughter can lead to short-term severe hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia…even a coma.
A better way?
As you can imagine, after the diagnosis, we ended up talking about measuring food intake the way other families discuss sports or movies. As normal as these conversations became for us, we began to realize that the field of nutrition tracking had a lot of room for improvement. We started to hash out ideas – not only for Victoria – but for the millions of other people who need to measure or balance their diet because they are overweight or diagnosed with chronic, nutrition-related diseases.
Because we were living the problem, we knew exactly what was needed – a tool that can tell how much one eats and what the composition of that food is. In seeking the technology to do this, we had the great fortune of crossing paths with ConsumerPhysics.
The SCiO, developed by ConsumerPhysics, was the perfect tool. It’s light, easily carried, and it “reads” the content of foods. It was a match – our vision was becoming a reality. We could actually enable people to effortlessly – and very precisely – determine the composition of their meals.
We got to work right away, starting by designing a sleek, easy, streamlined user experience and developing a food and beverage database able to recognize any homogeneous food and give an accurate breakdown of its macronutrients. Thus, the birth of DietSensor.
It is our aim to set the bar for the new generation of nutrition tracking tools. We want to empower people – be it for chronic disease or weight management – to gain balance and control over daily food intake.
Thank you for stopping by our blog. Please contact us if you’d like to know more about our product, or if you have comments, suggestions, or your own experiences to share with us. We hope you will pass our link along to people you know and love that could benefit from the reassurance DietSensor provides.