13 May Essex student designs AI app to help track food stocks during COVID-19 outbreak
Households can keep better track of their fridge and cupboard food stocks during COVID-19 thanks to a free food monitoring smartphone app developed by the University of Essex.
The pandemic has totally changed most people’s food buying habits – from stockpiling groceries in the early weeks of the crisis to shopping less often, at different times and in different ways.
But these changes have also meant households run the risk of having more food waste as they adapt to new shopping routines.
Computer scientists from the University’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering have joined forces with colleagues in India to develop a free smartphone app capable of reminding households of the expiry date of the stocked items before they expire.
The project – called nosh – was initiated by Somdip Dey and Anupam Ghosal, who met while working on a business idea at the StudioX start-up hub at the University.