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One of the things I thoroughly enjoy doing, and by all accounts am pretty good at, is cooking. Every year for my birthday, I make cakes people talk about years later, and my daily dinners are often pretty darn impressive if I do say so myself. But the last few years, I have had to radically alter my ingredients and pay far more attention to nutrition information because I'm cooking for my mother, who is pre-diabetic. Outside the US, it is very common for recipes to call for ingredients by weight rather than measurements because they are more accurate, so I've been in the market for a kitchen scale for a while. The Prep Pad sounds like it might be exactly what the doctor ordered for my kitchen.

What you get is an aluminum frame which is covered with a paper composite surface (that can be hygienically wiped clean), plus a weight sensor with +/- 1 gram accuracy, microcontroller and Bluetooth LE connectivity. It connects to a tablet or phone, on which you install an app (Countertop), to weigh your food and send that data to the app. It then displays a pie chart showing basic nutrition information as fats, protein and carbohydrates, as well as the total calories per meal. It can further be customized to each user based on their answers to a series of questions regarding exercise level and health goals. It even offers a recipe card feature so you can follow, create, and share your meals. The idea here is to give consumers a visual nutritional content of their food in real time, in an effort to help them make healthier choices.

Prep Pad is due to hit the market in November, at a cost of $150.00 US.

Source: TechCrunch