Wednesday 13 April 2011

Windows Phone 7 - WolframAlpha

WolframAlpha is a great knowledge engine. Is is capable of many operations from mathmatics to facts. It even knows about the nutritional information of groceries at different serving sizes. Just click on the next link for an example:

carbohydrates in 50g dry macaroni

The result shows you three things:

1. interpretation of your input: This should be checked first before you accept the result. Maybe the result was caculated for cooked not dry macaroni. If you are unsure just add the words cooked or dry.

2. result of the query: total carbs in grams. If WolframAlpha has no information about the grocery then you will get no result.

3. nutritional information: a list of all the information available about this food item.

For the Windows Phone 7 our App Glucosurfer has been updated. In the helper section you can now query the WolframAlpha engine. For convenience you do not have to enter "carbohydrates in". This is taken care of if you use the standard settings to search for "Carbohydrates" in the field above the search field. We hope you will find this new feature useful and please be critical about the results.

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