Member Since: November 14, 2007

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  • Let me be the first to blow a big fat raspberry your way (no offense intended).

    A couple of slightly more useful rejoinders (rather than the raspberry):

    • This is the first iteration of an invention. "This won't work for real people" would probably have stopped most of the worlds truly life-altering inventions from being developed into useful products. Sure, this won't actually change the world - but the spirit is there.

    • There are two problems being tackled here: (1) the tracking of food intake; (2) the nutritional and calorific impact of that intake. The quality of both solutions can be developed independently of one another. The author is tackling #1 and will be able to take advantage of improvements in #2 as they become available.

    Just my 2 cents worth to keep the parade on track... ;-)

  • This is a very cool idea. But reading the comments (which match my own initial reservations) is that the retrieval and dispensing system while undoubtedly kick-ass and way-cool is probably a limiting factor to the less sexy attribute of usefulness.

    So, how could you change that?

    I think I'd make the whole pantry cupboard smart: You could either make the whole shelf a weigh platform or just have the user place the container on it as part of the "add stuff to pantry". Have a barcode scanner which is quick and easy to operate but which you reach in and grab the contents from the pantry yourself.

    As far as initial weight goes - if the weight from that online DB is unreliable then how about image recognition? All food products have to list their weight or volume. And if you take the suggestion of using the RPi camera for bar code scanning then you could also maybe adapt it for image recognition as well (using OpenCV?).

    Just my 2 cents worth.

    Whatever you do - it's an awesome idea. Good luck!

    You'd still get all the benefits without having to keep track of jars with RFID tags nor limiting the amount of storage. It would also be cool to productize this.

  • Thanks that helps.

    At some point it would be great to see some tutorials/samples that explore the Creator side of things. This seems to me to be the big win here - an easy to use development system that introduces the hobbyist to PLD technology.

    Good luck with this new product!

  • OK - here's a "dumb noobie" question... Why would I choose this dev board? What do I gain with the PLD/FPGA stuff that's being discussed? Could someone provide a real world example? e.g. with this board you can do X which you can't do with board Y.

    Or is it simply faster and/or has more I/O?

    This line in the description interests me: "However, to get the most out of the device, you will need to use the PSoC Creator IDE "


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