Gadget Watch: Electronic fork nags you on eating

PETER SVENSSON
The Associated Press
Modified: January 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm •  Published: January 23, 2013
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photo - The HAPIfork, made by HAPILABS, smart electronic fork is seen on display at the Consumer Electronics Show, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Las Vegas. The fork vibrates and lights up to help its user slow down to a healthy eating pace. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
The HAPIfork, made by HAPILABS, smart electronic fork is seen on display at the Consumer Electronics Show, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Las Vegas. The fork vibrates and lights up to help its user slow down to a healthy eating pace. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

LAS VEGAS — If you've always wanted a fork that spies on your eating habits, you're in luck: A company has developed a utensil that records when you lift it to the mouth.

The electronic fork is one of the gadgets getting attention recently at the International CES in Las Vegas, an annual showcase of the latest TVs, computers and other consumer-electronic devices.

WHAT IT IS: The HAPIfork is a fork with a fat handle containing electronics and a battery. It's made by HapiIabs, which is based in the land of slow, languorous meals — France.

HOW IT WORKS: The fork contains a motion sensor, so it can figure out when it's being lifted to the mouth. If it senses that you're eating too fast, it warns with you with a vibration and a blinking light. The company believes that using the fork 60 to 75 times during meals lasting from 20 to 30 minutes is ideal.

Between meals, you can connect the fork to a computer or phone and upload data on how fast you're eating, for long-term tracking.

The electronics are waterproof, so you can wash the fork in the sink. If you want to put it in the dishwasher, you have to remove the electronics first.

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