One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to eat less and lose weight, but if a new gadget displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show today really works, the HAPIfork may help dieters finally achieve their goals.
Happiness with HAPIfork
So what is a HAPIfork? According to the manufacturer, the HAPIfork is:
“...an electronic fork that monitors your eating habits. The HAPIfork gives you precise information about your eating schedule. The HAPIfork alerts you with the help of indicator lights when you are eating too fast.”
So why is eating speed so important? According to dieticians and health professionals, it takes approximately 20 minutes before your mind registers that your stomach is getting full. So in theory, if you are a fast eater, you’ll actually stuff yourself silly before the 20 minute alert sounds from your brain.
Eat slower, and you’ll feel full at the predetermined time without over eating and adding more calories to your body. The HAPIfork monitors how quickly you shovel food from the plate into your mouth. If you go too fast, a little light blinks and a vibration feedback goes on to tell you to slow down.
For the dieting geek
The HAPIfork monitors your progress and can upload your eating habits to an online progress dashboard via USB or Bluetooth. The HAPIfork dashboard also allows you to set exercise goals, score points in a HAPIfork challenge game, and share your progress with friends.
Cheating is easy
Of course for the more ingenious minded people out there (cheaters) they can always just pile bigger forkfuls of food onto their utensils when they’re really hungry to bypass the fork’s alarm system.
The HAPIfork will be available for purchase sometime in April for $99. But for those who think that the price is too expensive, a 20-minute kitchen timer can be purchased for under $10.