Date of Award

1-1-2013

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Department

Computer Science and Engineering

Sub-Department

Computer Science & Engineering

First Advisor

Michael N Huhns

Abstract

Food, honestly, is too precious to waste. Food wastage is a very serious issue prevalent in the world today. American households alone throw out an equivalent of $165 billion worth of food each year. People often forget to consume food they purchased before the expiration date, or sometimes they over-purchase food they can have, then throw them away. Hence, this thesis aims to prevent food wastage with the help of a smart phone application that helps keep track of food item expiration dates and gives you notification alerts when it is about to expire. It implements a barcode scanner for automatic product name discovery as well as optical character recognition (OCR) for automatic food expiration discovery.

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