Dieting and Bulima could be a thing of the past thanks to this new AR system developed by Tokyo university. To put it simply the AR system fools your brain by using a head mounted display with camera and image processing to make the food look bigger than it actually is. The size of the food in the hands can be changed in real time, while keeping the size of the hands constant. The system creates a natural image by using a deformation algorithm, to alter the shape of the hands in line with the size of the food.
“Currently with this head-mount display, the picture is chroma-keyed using a bluescreen. But we’d like to make this system usable in the home, by using smarter image-processing technology, so it could be used for any food on various kinds of tables. In the future, we hope to develop technology that encourages healthy eating habits without the need to think. For example, high-calorie foods that shouldn’t be eaten much could be automatically magnified by the computer, and foods that should be eaten in larger amounts could be made to look smaller so people will eat more.”