Smart cutlery that can monitor exactly how much you eat is set to go on sale within months.
The HAPIfork uses electronic sensors to monitor how much , and how fast a user is eating.
If they eat too quickly, the fork vibrates, and bright lights flash on its handle.
The fork also wirelessly connects to a user’s phone to send their eating habits to a special app.
The HAPIfork’s makers claim that people only naturally feel full after about 20 minutes of eating, and so by diminishing the amount eaten in that period users will eat less and consequently lose weight.
‘Most people eat faster than they should and do not realise that eating too fast ins’t a healthy behaviour, negatively affecting things like digestion and weight control,’ said HAPIlabs’ US President Andrew Carton.
The fork will track the duration of a meal, the number of fork servings and the duration of each interval between servings.
‘Eating too fast, and not chewing long enough leads to poor digestion and poor weight control,’ the firm says.
‘Every time you bring food from your plate to your mouth with your fork, this action is called a ‘fork serving’.
The HAPIfork also measures how long it took to eat your meal, the amount of ‘fork servings’ taken per minute and intervals between ‘fork servings’.
The HAPIfork also comes with the HAPILABS app plus a coaching program to help you eat better and change your eating behavior, and is expected to go on sale in April.
Source: The Daily Mail