Snapchat’s camera can recognize food and recommend recipes

Snapchat’s in-app camera can now recommend recipes based on the food you’re lying around in your kitchen. Food Scan is the latest addition to the app’s “Scan” function, which also allows users to identify plants and breeds of dogs, as well as items of clothing.

Now when you scan a food you will see recipes that contain the item, as well as a link to the Wikipedia entry for the ingredient. Snap partnered with to recognize 1,200+ items and to suggest 4,500+ dishes.

I had a chance to preview the feature and the food scanning app’s features were mostly spot on. It was able to correctly identify a wide variety of products and recommend relevant recipes (including a persimmon bar recipe that looked fascinating). Like most of these types of visual search functionality, however, it’s not entirely foolproof. It suggested cherry recipes when I was scanning a bag of cherry tomatoes. And a piece of ginger managed to completely amaze the feature. No matter what angle I held the camera at, Snapchat couldn’t see it as food and instead recommended AR lenses with reptilian and human hand motifs.

The feature isn’t for packaged groceries either – Snapchat has a separate feature that can scan these items – so it can’t help you figure out what to do with that random can of tomato sauce or whatever gathering dust in the back Your pantry. But even with these limitations, the feature is still a useful place to start when you run out of ideas or just want to try something new. And even if it doesn’t quite work, you might still find a fun new AR lens to try out.

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