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Judgmental Fork Tells You If You're Eating Too Much

Posted by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM
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Judgmental Fork Tells You If You're Eating Too Much

HAPIfork: Buzzing Fork Offers Ultimate First-World Solution To Overeating

LAS VEGAS -- If your spouse, significant other, mother, father and friends are all telling you how to eat in order to shed some pounds, now, thanks to an innovative new gadget, your fork can too.

The Hong Kong-based tech company HAPILABS has unveiled its HAPIfork, a computerized fork that gives a gentle buzz when you're eating too quickly. The product counts each bite you take and tracks your average meal time, the number of bites per serving, and the number of bites per meal where you were "overspeeding," or bringing the fork to your mouth too quickly.

After each meal, the so-called "smartfork" syncs with a smartphone or computer app to track your eating habits and help you lose weight. The idea behind the HAPIfork is that if you're shoveling food into your mouth too quickly, you're more likely to overeat because you won't feel yourself getting full.

The HAPIfork uploads its data after each meal either to your smartphone via Bluetooth or to your computer via a USB key attached to the end of the utensil. You can track progress privately or share your meal information with the small HAPIfork community. Cheering on other HAPIfork eaters is encouraged.

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A journalist tries the HAPIfork on the show floor at CES 2013.

The obvious problem, of course, is that not all meals are eaten with a fork or spoon. Sandwiches, French fries and pizza (if you're a real American) are all hand-held dining options. Presumably, the ideal HAPIfork user is one who eschews those temptations and eats every meal with silverware. Once you buy the HAPIfork, in other words, you have to ditch the fast food.

The smartfork comes in five different colors (pink and blue were on loud display on the Consumer Electronics Show floor) and also is also available as a spoon. The finished products will ship soon for a reported $99, per PCMag. You can sign up to be notified when the HAPIfork goes on sale at the HAPILABS website.

by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM
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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM

lol

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:42 PM
Wow...

Well, I suppose if you buy one and it "yells" at you, perhaps you'll pay more attention to what you're eating... But you still have to make the conscience choice to stop.
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krysstizzle
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM
Lol!
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Hilarious.

One huge issue Americans have is portion control.  The lack thereof. lol


Roxygurl
by Bronze Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:46 PM
Why didn't I think of that?? I could be a millionaire right now.
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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Hahaha!  I know I would end up just getting rid of that damn thing.  And fork that tried to boss me would be a goner.

Also I would not pay $99 for an eating utinsil.  lol

survivorinohio
by René on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I just had a vision of a fork flying across the room when some dieter struggles to stick to their diet and fails.

maciymommieof3
by Silver Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:50 PM
tooptimistic
by Kelly on Jan. 8, 2013 at 9:03 PM

There is a part of me that REALLY wants one!!  :)

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jan. 8, 2013 at 9:16 PM

 I heard this on a local radio show this morning on the way to work. I was laughing along with the d.j.'s.

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