Device and method for monitoring dietary intake of calories and nutrients

  • US 5,819,735 A
  • Filed: 08/15/1996
  • Issued: 10/13/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/15/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
  • ×
    • Pin Icon | RPX Insight
    • Pin
First Claim
Patent Images

1. A user-portable, hardware-and software-autonomous device for electronically recording and performing computations on nutritional information, comprising:

  • a unitary housing of a size and nature that allow it to be transported and used in a hand of a user containing;

    (a) barcode scanning means for inputting product identification from food and drink intended to be consumed by the user;

    (b) general database memory for storing a general database comprising a comprehensive set of barcode-sorted product nutrition facts found on Nutrition Facts labels of commercial food products;

    (c) personal database memory for storing a personal database comprising barcode-sorted product nutrition facts of items that are entered by the user and are transferred from said general database memory;

    (d) electronic means for transfer of barcode-sorted nutrition facts from said general database to said personal database;

    (e) setting means for entering diet category limits for nutrition values comprising calories, fat, carbohydrates, sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, protein and fiber;

    (f) user memory for storing said diet category limits, dates, serving sizes, and barcode numbers derived from input from said barcode scanning means;

    (g) selecting means for selecting serving size to be consumed;

    (h) processor means under the control of a prestored program for retrieving data from said personal database and said general database, performing computations on retrieved data and administering adjustment and storage aspects of input data;

    (i) a real time clock connected to said processor means for stamping date records and for delimiting 24 hour periods;

    (j) display means for displaying product records and data derived from computations described in said program in alphanumeric and graphic form;

    (k) interface means comprising serial interface, parallel interface and infrared transmission for exchanging information between said device and external devices;

    (l) beeper means for alerting the user when correct entry of barcodes has been made and when user surpasses said diet category limit values.

View all claims

    Thank you for your feedback