HAPIfork: ₤60 Smart Fork Monitors One's Every Bite, Trains People to Eat Well

The fork sounds the alarm if one eats a tad too fast and/or too much

By on January 7th, 2013 10:23 GMT

Losing weight is not an easy thing to do, especially if one has a rather hectic lifestyle and there simply are not enough hours in a day for one to lose several precious minutes counting the calories in a sandwich or in a bowl of soup.

On the other hand, obesity is quite an issue in several parts of the world, and something must be done in order to help people shed some of the extra inches they happen to be carrying around their waist

Introducing HAPIfork: a high-tech piece of cutlery that only costs ₤60 (€73.76/$96.4) and which promises that, for said sum of money, it will keep track of one's eating habits and help them lose weight.

The idea behind this project is fairly simple: eating too fast more often than not leads to one's eating too much, and this in turn translates into ever more pounds starting to build up on one's otherwise slim figure as the years go by.

Daily Mail quotes Andrew Carton, one of the people involved in setting the basis for this project, who made a case of how, “Most people eat faster than they should and do not realize that eating too fast ins’t a healthy behavior, negatively affecting things like digestion and weight control.”

“Eating too fast, and not chewing long enough leads to poor digestion and poor weight control,” he went on to add.

The people who designed this innovative fork claim that, with the help of various sensors, HAPIfork can pick out if its user is eating at a normal pace or if for one reason or another he/she is merely gulping down food.

More precisely, it monitors how long meals last, how long a person waits between each serving and how often food is brought from the plate into the individual's mouth.

Should one eat too fast, the fork starts to vibrate and flash, warning its user that it might not be such a bad idea to go easier on that steak.

It is to be expected that this smart fork will go on sale this coming April, and those who decide to purchase it will also get an app and a coaching program whose sole purpose is that of helping them become better eaters.

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