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Smart Fork Designed to Slow Eating

The HAPIfork vibrates to encourage slowing down (Courtesy of HAPILABS).

The first forks were eating utensils in ancient Egypt. Now the fork is going high tech in the interest of health. The new HAPIfork has a Bluetooth connection, smartphone apps and a computer dashboard to monitor and control eating habits.

“Eating too fast leads to poor digestion and poor weight control,” according to Paris-based inventor Jacques Lépine, founder of Slow Control, which developed the $99 HAPIfork distributed by HAPILABS.

He cited the negative effects, including weight gain, linked with eating too quickly. It takes 20 minutes of eating to feel full. So the faster people eat, the more they eat and the more they gain.

The HAPIfork measures the number of times per minute the fork is placed in a person’s mouth, the intervals between fork servings and how long it takes to finish a meal. The HAPIfork gently vibrates and flashes indicator lights to encourage slowing down.

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Howard Wolinsky is a Chicago-based freelance journalist specializing in health-care topics.

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