Sunday, January 06, 2013

Slow down your eating and lose some weight with HAPIfork and HAPIspoon

The Consumer Electronics Show isn't always about the latest iPhone or Android accessory or tablet, or the latest laptop. At CES Unveiled on Sunday, we got a look at something that could help Americans fight a big problem in the U.S.: obesity.

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It's called the HAPIfork. It's not designed to make you happy, but instead to keep you healthy. The idea is simple, sort of. The HAPIfork vibrates if a user takes a bite less than 10 seconds after his last one. That prompt will -- it's hoped -- teach the user to slow his eating down, allow his or her brain to register the food.

It's something doctors will tell you to do: Eat slower, so your brain and body can register the fact that it's full -- or getting full, at least.

There are more advantages, as creator HAPIlabs notes on its site, including the aforementioned weight gain issue:
  • Weight gain: as during the meal, satiety is felt after about 20 minutes. The faster you eat, the more you eat.
  • Digestive problems: food that is eaten too quickly is often poorly chewed. The work of the digestive tract is made more difficult.
  • Gastric reflux: several studies have shown that the faster one eats, the more likely the possiblity of gastric reflux.
  • Postoperative complications: eating more slowly lessens the stress on weakened tissues.
The HAPIfork has a companion, as you might think: the HAPIspoon. Their removable handles have a simple timer and vibration mechanism. They can be charged with any ubiquitous (except for iDevices) microUSB charger; we're sure you have tons of them lying around.

 The HAPIfork also measures:
  • How long it took to eat your meal.
  • The amount of “fork servings" taken per minute.
  • Intervals between "fork servings".
HAPIlabs has added a social component to their eating utensils. Your HAPI information can be uploaded via USB or Bluetooth to an Online Dashboard to track your progress. Those HAPImoments can be shared and the HAPIlabs site will even start tracking those moments, as soon as CES officially opens on Jan. 8.

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