CES 2013: a ‘smart’ fork arrives, but will it help you eat less?

By , Jan 7, 2013

Hapilabs Haifork (image 001)

We already have smart TVs (Samsung leads the charge), as well as smart ovens, smart laundry and smart vacuum (all coming from LG in 2013). Heck, we’re increasingly wearing app-enabled smart watches around our wrist (we’re looking at you, Apple). It really is no surprise then that gadget makers now expect we’ll monitor our eating habits using a ‘smart’ fork?

Enter the Hapifork from Hapilabs, an unusual app-enabled accessory coming this Spring to “greatly improve your digestion”, up to the point where “you’ll likely start losing weight”. I’m not entirely convinced science exists to back that claim…

Okay, so it has in-built sensors that monitor the fork’s movement from plate to mouth to measure how long it took to eat your meal, the amount of so-called ‘fork servings’ taken per minute and intervals between fork servings.

The pitch basically comes down to this: should you eat your lunch too fast, the gadget will vibrate.

But what’s too fast, you ask?

According to the company, if there are fewer than ten seconds between forkfuls, the Hapifork kicks into action.

Hapifork (colors)
Of course Hapiforks come in happy colors, did you think otherwise?

Now, you’ll be initially required to manually download your dining data to a computer after each meal, but a Bluetooth version is in the works, a spokesperson has confirmed.

Your data also gets uploaded to an online dashboard and there’s a coaching program designed to help you change your eating behavior.

Hapifork (dashboard)

Eating too fast is a leading cause of weight gain, says Hapilabs and points out that an accompanying iOS and Android app should help develop healthier eating habits over time.

 

Would-be slow eaters can check out the Hapifork now over at the Hapilabs web store.

Here’s a nice hands-on video by The Verge.

The ultimate gadget for the ultimate epicurean geek retails for a rather pricey hundred bucks and is available in the USB and Bluetooth flavor, the former shipping during Q2 and the latter arriving some time in Q3 2013.

According to a 2011 study in The Journal of Nutrition, no definite proof exists that people who eat their dinner more slowly also reduce their habit of grabbing a snack shortly after the meal.

The Hapifork is nice, but what if you like finger food?

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  • RarestName

    Does this work with burgers?

  • jose castro

    haha or pizza

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

      What about cereal? To soon? :P

  • jose castro

    im sorry that a stupid and funny idea

  • mattkin22

    Eating fast isn’t the leading cause of weight gain, eating McDonalds fast is.

  • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

    This is why people make fun appstore apps and Apple in general.

  • apple_man9

    Next: Smart Toilet Paper

  • JaeM1llz

    If you eat a meal in 10 seconds or 10 minutes, it doesn’t matter, you still ingest the same amount of calories. This is pointless.

    • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

      Technically yes. However the slower you eat the more time your brain has to tell your body you are full. If you devour two Whoppers in 2 minutes you may be able to do it. If you tried to eat them in 30 minutes, it would be a little bit harder to do because your more conscious of how full you are.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    LMAO What stupid idea, and on top of that, 100 bucks for a fork? Hahahaha

  • maurid

    “Smart” would be the fork that electrocuted me each time I tried to eat fries, hamburgers or pizza.