Augmented and Virtual Reality in Nutrition

Helping Consumers Choose the Best Diet

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies are no longer mere novelties. A variety of industries and fields have found practical ways to leverage these innovations. Use cases in augmented and virtual reality in nutrition are likely to have a substantial impact on people’s everyday lives and wellness.

It’s become increasingly common to combine augmented reality and virtual reality with nutrition. If this sounds like a bizarre idea, consider the following examples. They’ll help you better appreciate the role these technologies can play in boosting health and assisting people in making better eating choices.

Virtual Reality in Nutrition: A Game to Help Select Your Meals.

Virtual reality experiences immerse users in new worlds. Thus, they’re handy for “gamifying” mundane tasks and processes. The dynamic quality of a virtual reality experience can turn what is otherwise a chore into a unique adventure. At the very least, it can make typically dull tasks more fun.

Developers have applied this principle in an effort to help people develop smarter eating habits. In “Sugar Goggles,” a nutrition virtual reality game, imagery transmitted from a headset transports users inside the human body, where users navigate through different sections of veins. After each section, a user selects from one of two plates. One plate features a meal that would harm their blood sugar, while the other features a meal that would positively impact blood sugar levels. Users who choose the right meal get an energy burst that helps them progress through the game. On the other hand, a “blood sugar spike” hampers those who make the wrong choice. It’s worth noting that it’s not always obvious which meal choice is right.

This decision-making process is the gist of the game. Teaching children about the importance of nutrition isn’t easy since children typically find the subject to be dull. However, with a virtual reality game, children can learn essential lessons entertainingly and engagingly.

Searching Nutrition Labels with Augmented Reality

For people trying to lose weight, it’s a good idea to limit carbohydrate consumption. That’s why dieters are frequently advised to check the nutrition labels of prospective foods.

However, consumers sometimes struggle to find relevant information on nutrition labels. They may also struggle to interpret this information by not fully understanding how it pertains to food groups and serving sizes.

Label-reading apps are a combination of augmented reality technology and nutrition science that helps people make smart choices. For a recent study, researchers developed a nutrition augmented reality app that directs users to the nutrition label of a box or can of food with arrows and then superimposes an oval over the label once the label is found. The app then identifies the relevant carbohydrate information and displays it on the screen of a mobile device.

Participants who used the app (compared to the control group) acquired a greater understanding of how to find information about carb content and how to interpret it. This type of app could combine with similar features (such as calorie-tracking) to help users purchase balanced food items.

Looks Like French Fries, Tastes Like Carrots!

Educational virtual reality games and descriptive augmented reality apps represent merely the beginning of virtual reality and augmented reality in nutrition. Recent developments indicate these technologies will soon be even more helpful in this capacity.

For example, developers recently tested a virtual reality concept in which users “receive” a plate of food featuring items that aren’t necessarily good for their health but that are delicious. In the real world, a plate of something more nutritious is in front of them. For instance, a user might receive french fries in the virtual world, but they would be eating carrot sticks when they pick up a virtual fry.

The developers behind the project noted that the parts of the human brain associated with addiction tend to light up when a person anticipates receiving a meal that tastes good to them. Thus, the developers hypothesize that by simulating the experience of ordering and eating junk food, while users eat nutritious food in real life, they could “hack” users’ brains to associate pleasure with nutritious choices. Although the test was only preliminary, participants did feel it had a positive effect on their attitudes towards eating well.

Set Your Goals for More Uses of Augmented and Virtual Reality in Nutrition

For virtual reality and augmented reality nutrition apps to deliver genuine value, they need reliable infrastructure to ensure consistent performance. Ormuco’s platform provisions and manages computing nodes autonomously. Moreover, our edge computing platform provides the best processing power for real-time applications. Whether they use VR headsets or smartphones,  your end users will get the best video rendering for an amazing experience. Feel free to contact to us to learn more!