While being a technology enthusiast doesn’t usually garner a reputation for fitness and health, the two worlds are certainly merging through sites like Fitocracy, companies like Fitbit and through specific products. A new one is set to be debuted at CES in the coming week, the HAPIfork from Fitburg, which claims to help you lose weight.
Set to be funded by Kickstarter and eventually to cost as much as $99 (£60), it seems like a hard sell right off the bat. It works by detecting the motions of the user and fires off an internal vibration if it feels you’re eating too fast. The idea behind it, is that by slowing down the pace that one eats at, it helps a person take more consideration over how full they are – instead of just cramming it in. Over time, the HAPIfork is said to increase the acceptable time between mouthfuls, thereby reducing the intake of food.
“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 (via Telegraph).
The initial version of the fork will be USB connected, but a bluetooth version is apparently in the works. It will also have a removable head so it can be more easily cleaned.
KitGuru Says: This one sounds like a bit of a tough sell, simply because of the price. However I will give them the Monday morning innovation prize, as I’ve not heard of a product like this before.