January 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM
Fresh from CES: A fork that knows how fast you eat
The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is a showcase of products coming down the pipeline and — if they’re lucky — into our lives. Following on the month’s theme of technologies that help us help ourselves, here’s an interesting idea from a company called Hapilabs.
It doesn’t count your calories for you (wouldn’t that be nice?), but this “smart fork” does measure something about what you eat. The fork measures your eating habits — how quickly you move from bite to bite, how long it takes you to eat. In the whole genre of self-improvement tech, is that metric helpful enough to make you want to eat with it?
One of the wildest and most whimsical gadgets we’ve seen in quite a while is here on the show floor at CES: the HAPIfork. It’s a “smart fork” that has a Bluetooth radio, a capacitive sensor, and a vibration motor built-in. The idea is that as you eat, every time the fork touches your mouth it triggers the sensor, measuring your bites on the app. If you eat too quickly, the fork vibrates to tell you to slow down.
Hapilabs as a company has the ambitious goal to create “activity trackers… that track your happiness!” Not sure how feasible that is, but still. Worth watching.