This project consists of creating a website and companion iphone (+other platforms in the future) app that allows the user to track their meals and calorie intake.
There are several services and apps in the market already in this space (see the health and fitness category in the app store, or if you don't have an iphone check [url removed, login to view], [url removed, login to view], and [url removed, login to view]), however none of them is outstanding. For competitive reasons I won't disclose all of the shortcomings in the existing solutions here, but a few of the key ones that this application needs to address are:
1. none of the existing solutions have a "wizard" that makes it easy for a user to switch to them from another service/application
2. none of them have a good solution for entering meals in an offline state (and then syncing back to the server)
3. none of take advantage of the custom foods entered by each individual user to "crowdsource" the public food database