AIRO wristband analyzes what you’ve eaten in real-time

AIROThe activity tracker arena may see an interesting addition in the shape of the AIRO wristband. Besides tracking your sleeping patterns, counting the steps you take and measuring your stress levels, the wearable device is said to be capable of analyzing what you’ve eaten during the day.

With the new wristband, the AIRO team not only wants to take on the competition in the activity tracker market like the Fitbit, Jawbone Up and Nike FuelBand, but also replace traditional food diaries.

Its secret weapon is a spectrometer — a sensor capable of determining the amount of light that passes through the blood. Since different food groups have different values, the AIRO should be able to measure the light intensity to determine how many calories you eat every day as well as which types of nutrients (vitamins, fats, minerals, carbohydrates) you ingest the most.

‘As your body breaks the food down, the sensor can detect the amount of light that passes through the blood based on green, red and infrared patterns.’

Although this in itself sounds pretty advanced, the AIRO team are still not completely happy. Namely, the technology for the most part still produces an estimate; it is far from accurate. Added to which, the current technology and algorithms are still unable to make a distinction between food groups. In other words, the wristband is able to measure the nutritional value of food, but is still unable to tell the difference between a cheeseburger and a Caesar salad.

It is precisely this last step that makes all the difference in the quest for a healthy eating pattern: from which food are the nutritional values derived?

Until now, the AIRO wristband is still not more than a concept. However, the team is working hard to ensure a product launch in the fall of 2014. If you want to help them in their effort, you can preorder a wristband for a price of $149.