Consider the Hapifork: A Fork That Vibrates To Keep You From Overeating
The Hapifork, a fork that shames you for eating too fast.
The Hapifork is a bluetooth enabled
phone fork that vibrates when it detects you're eating too quickly. No word as to whether it also yells at you to get your elbows off the table and we like to think that it vibrates so hard that it causes you to fling food across the table. This latest weight loss gizmo was unveiled at the Las Vegas electronics convention CES.
The Hapifork works in the principle that
if you make anything complicated enough people will stop trying people who eat slower tend to overeat less and that have fewer digestive problems. The Hapifork is really a smartfork with a bundle of tech inside of it that lets it detect the rate at which you shovel food into your mouth as well as if you actually have food on your fork in the first place. So think of it like a Wii-mote crammed into a brightly colored fork that would look at home feeding an infant. Did we mention that it talks to your smartphone? The Hapifork is bluetooth enabled so all this data that it collects gets beamed over to your phone and tied into the companies broader wired self help strategy. You can set goals as to how slow you want to eat and adjust other factors as well. Even creepier there's a social aspect to the program and you can apparently compete with other Hapifork users in a game of who can eat the slowest. We'll see how long that lasts before competitive eaters start using the Hapifork to refine and document their eating prowess.
We had visible relief to know that this $99 fork is actually dishwasher safe. Although you do need to remember to pull the Hapifork's brains, its "electronic key," out prior to popping it into the machine. We can only imagine what it must feel like to pin your weight loss hopes on a $99 only to boil it to death during the dishwashers drying cycle.
Either way, we're not entirely sure how we feel about living in a world where even our tableware has a twitter account.
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