Their technique would see tiny cameras embedded within the clothing of individuals, primed to take a snapshot of their dinner plates and calculate the likely calorie count of each meal.
This would surmount the long standing problem of dieters underestimating their daily calorie intake due to difficulties in totting up the total and a tendency to massage down their figures.
Detailed in the Measurement Science and Technology Journal the technique involves calculating the three dimensional shape and size of food on the plate to work out the portion sizes of everything from steak to salad.
This is achieved by pairing up the resulting image with a built-in library, with a 3.7 per cent margin of error.
Scientists behind the technology say that their technique is better equipped to catalogue peoples everyday eating habits rather than current manual systems which are reliant on the dieter inputting information.
Still in its infancy the technique is reliant on a plate of standard size being used as a reference point however.