With the release of our latest version, we’re rolling out a new technology called Food Oracle. In a nutshell, Food Oracle (patent-pending) understands what items are typically logged together and suggests the most relevant items for you, so you don’t have to bother searching for the right foods.
For example, after logging the first item in your meal — say, cereal — Noom will list items you’re likely to log next — like milk, coffee, or fruit. The best thing about Food Oracle is that it combines knowledge about the entire community with knowledge specific to you.
So the first time you log an item, you’ll see suggestions based on what most other people eat with that food. But the second time you eat it, Noom will suggest foods that you’ve personally eaten with it before. The more you Noom, the smarter Food Oracle becomes.
Here’s that technology in action:
Food Oracle also factors in the time of day, suggesting items that are often logged together during that meal, as well as the country you live in.
But does this cool technology really improve the Noom experience?
YES! According to our data, using Food Oracle cuts meal logging time in half. Plus, after a month of use, Food Oracle’s ability to accurately predict your food choices increases by 88 percent.
Also in this launch:
Speaking of logging speed — Food Oracle isn’t all we’re rolling out this week. We’re also delighted to announce another new feature: Custom Dishes.
When you’re losing weight, it’s important to eat as much healthy, home-cooked food as possible. But we know that not every recipe is going to be available in our food database. That’s why we’ve implemented Custom Dishes. Custom Dishes allow you to log all the ingredients in your recipe once, and save it for future use.
Best of all, you don’t have to do any math! When you log your custom dish, you can log as many servings as you want. So if you’re recipe makes 12 portions, simply log all the ingredients and tell Noom. We’ll handle the long-division.
Not a chef? No worries! If you’ve got iOS 7, you’ll now be able to search Noom’s packaged food database by barcode. Scan your yogurt using the built in scanner, select the portion, and finish your logging in a flash. For now, this feature only works with our English food database, but we’re working to roll it out to other languages in the near future.