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
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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.

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