CES 2013: Smart Fork Tracks Your Eating Habits
The body’s a strange thing. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain you’re full, so during that time, you’re just scarfing away unnecessary calories. But this new electronic fork, which had everyone abuzz at the CES press preview, tackles the overeating problem most people are blissfully unaware of.
The HAPIfork (pronounced happy fork) uses gentle vibrations to nudge eaters into slowing their chomping down, this smart fork purports to help digestion and weight control by providing insightful analytics about your food schedule, measuring:
the time it takes to finish a meal
the number of “fork servings” per minute
fork serving intervals
After collecting this information, users upload their stats either through USB, which is how this smart fork charges up, or Bluetooth.
The fork costs $100, and admittedly, that’s a pretty penny for an eating utensil — especially given how many of us have drawers of overflowing plastic ones from take-out joints. But for anyone who is part of this newfound, quantified-self movement, it might be the perfect addition to other gadgets that collect data, like smart pedometers and sleep monitors.
The HAPIfork, which won CES’ Innovations Design and Engineering Award, is part of a suite of other HAPI-health products, including an activity tracker and a watch that monitors stress levels and sleep. HAPIfork is expecting to crowdfund production on Kickstarter in the spring.
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