While a deficiency diagnosis normally involves multiple doctor visits and blood tests, and comes with a hefty bill in tow, that may now be a thing of the past thanks to a team of engineering students from Ajman University.
The hero group has now made it possible for anyone with an internet connection to discover what vitamins their body lacks and how to correct it – but thankfully less so in the “I googled it and I’m going to die” way.
Dubbed Vita-Cam, the smartphone app uses a combination of artificial intelligence (AI) models to assess an individual’s vitamin profile from photos of their eyes, lips, tongue and nails, taken in specific lighting conditions.
It recognises nutritional deficiencies and suggests dietary changes to correct them. Not only does it remind you to eat your veg, but it also explains the benefits of doing so.
The free app has nabbed a number of awards since its inaugural presentation earlier last year and is now pending approval from the UAE Ministry of Health before hitting app stores worldwide in early 2020.
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