HAPIfork could help people lose weight while eating

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hapiforkFolks looking for a new way to aid their weight loss may turn toward HAPIfork, a fork that can track how quickly you eat.

There are plenty of ways to lose weight. Count calories, jog, lift weights, drink smoothies — any of those old tried and true methods work. For someone who has tried all of that and failed, or even just a healthy eater looking for the next new thing, HAPIfork may be just that.

The electronic fork has been dazzling the public since its unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The fork essentially tracks eating habits based on how often the fork is lifted to the mouth. If the fork senses that the diner is eating too quickly, the large handle of the fork will vibrate and a light will start flashing. This will indicate the diner to slow down.

When not using the HAPIfork to eat, it can be connected to a computer to help track any results it gathered. Of course, if someone is that interested in tracking the data of how quickly they eat, they will likely take the fork everywhere. No word on whether the vibration and lights can be shut off, as this could be embarrassing for the diner or annoying to others.

The fork is waterproof, but only to an extent. It is fine to wash it in the sink, but the electronic insides of the HAPIfork would have to be removed before going for a spin in a dishwasher.

There are a few rules that the HAPIfork can teach diners. It’s best to eat slowly since it actually takes the body about 20 minutes to figure out whether it’s full or not. Eating quickly means a diner can run the risk of eating too much and feeling bloated afterward. This relates to not just picking up a fork less often but also chewing food slower. The slower food is chewed, the more time enzymes have to break the food down and absorb the nutrients.

There are some limitations, though. There is no mechanism that says how big the forkfuls are, so a diner looking to trick the HAPIfork could pile two or three times the normal amount of food onto the fork. It also can’t count the calories or track the food that’s being eaten.

The fork should be available later this year and has a projected retail price of $99.

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