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Vibrating Fork Warns If You're Eating Too Quickly

Image: Vibrating Fork Warns If You're Eating Too Quickly The HAPIfork, a smart electronic fork made by HAPILABS.

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 02:18 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Hapifork, the vibrating fork that would help people monitor how they eat, may soon hit store shelves if a Kickstarter campaign reaches its $100,000 goal.

The Hapifork created a buzz back in January when news first broke about the utensil that can measure how long it takes you to eat your meal, alert you when you're eating too fast, and monitor the number of servings you consume per minute.

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Hapilabs, the gadgets' developer, launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter on Wednesday to gauge if there is a demand for the device. The goal is to raise $100,000 to manufacture and distribute what is now just a prototype.

Jacques Lépine, a French entrepreneur and inventor of Hapifork, said he created the utensil because he used to eat so quickly that his wife was often left eating alone. After he landed in the hospital with a bad case of indigestion, Lépine decided to try and modify his fast-eating habit.

"I must make the fork intelligent," he said at the time.

The Hapifork is filled with sensor chips and software that registers the speed in which the user is eating. If a person is eating too quickly, the Hapifork gives a little zapping buzz and lights up.

"Eat slowly, lose weight, feel great," reads the Hapifork website.

The fork is waterproof, and users can pop out the electronic inside to run it in the dishwasher.

Also in development is a dashboard for the web and a mobile app that would help consumers set goals and monitor progress. The fork will send data to the app via Bluetooth. The current goal is for commercial availability of the fork at $99 by fourth quarter this year in the U.S. and Europe.

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