Probably the most unique health device we saw at CES this week was the HAPIfork, from French engineer Jacques Lepine and his team at HAPILABS. HAPIfork is a standard dining utensil, except is has a special capacitive sensor in its handle. HAPIfork forces you to eat at a certain pace; if you eat too fast, the fork will vibrate and an LED on the handle will flash. All this information is stored in the handle, which can be uploaded via USB to HAPILAB’s online dashboard where you can track your eating habits.
Why is eating slow so important? According to some studies, eating too fast can promote weight gain, digestive problems, and GERD.
We took some video of the HAPIfork in action. Note that instead of actually putting the fork in his mouth, the rep touches is on his hand, which accomplishes the same thing by closing a bioelectrical loop between the electrodes in the fork. It’s also hard to tell in the video, but trust us, the HAPIfork did indeed vibrate and light up!
Product page: HAPIfork…