Overeat? These Glasses May Help
Do you find yourself constantly overeating? Are you tired of succumbing to your food cravings all of the time? Can’t stop picking out potato chips from that bag and into your mouth? Well, you may need more self-control, but if you find dieting so hard – as most of us can surely relate to – these augmented reality glasses may do the trick.
As it turns out, it’s all in the serving size. Or rather, how big the serving size we as the eaters perceive is.
According to reports, scientists at the Tokyo University have devised augmented reality glasses which fool people into eating less by making food servings appear larger than they really are. The end result is that people eat less when they are fooled into thinking that they ate a larger serving.
However, this technology is more complicated than it seems. According to Discovery News, the device which is mounted on a goggle will make the food serving larger than it really is while keeping the hand of the eater the same size it is. The technology uses cameras and computers to do this.
And it works. According to the research done by the scientists, when food servings (biscuits, in this case) were made to appear 50 percent bigger than they actually were, volunteers ate nearly 10 percent less. When the servings were made to look like two-thirds their actual sizes, the volunteers ate 15 percent more. 80 percent of all test subjects have been fooled, Professor Michitaka Hirose of the research team said.
Well, the gist of the matter is, it’s all in the mind. But if you lack the will to diet, these glasses may be the answer when they’re fully developed.
On a different but still related note, we can see this becoming an app for the augmented reality Google Glass eyewear. The Japanese researchers are most welcome to post a campaign here on Appsplit if they want to.
Source: Discovery News