HAPIfork diet-control fork
$99; goes on sale in mid-2013 at hapilabs.com
This odd little item from France might just be the most talked-about new gadget at the Consumer Electronics Show. It’s an intelligent fork that’s supposed to gently steer you toward better eating habits.
The HAPIfork contains a motion-detection chip, like the ones used by smartphones to re-orient the screen when you tilt it. This time, the chip’s been programmed to take note of how quickly a diner is eating, by counting how often he raises the fork to his lips.
HAPIfork creator Jacques Lepine holds to the idea that people eat less when they eat more slowly. So his magical fork will gently vibrate in the diner’s hand when he’s shoveling it in too fast. It acts as a constant reminder to slow down and savor every bite.
After the meal, it’s easy to detach the fork from its electronic base for a good washing. Meantime, plug the base of the fork into a computer’s USB port for a summary of how long the meal lasted and how many bites you took. You can use the HAPIfork website or an available smartphone app for iPhones, Android and Windows Phone devices to keep track of your eating habits.
It’s said that gluttonous eaters dig their own graves with a fork. Well, not with this fork.
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