CAN A FORK EVER BE SMART?
And the world of smart objects keeps growing, widening and stretching its reach to many different industries. Today, we are looking at the houseware industry, more specifically kitchenware, and how smart products may revolutionize it.
A brand new fork, called the Hapifork, was created recently to help users monitor exactly how they eat their meals.
Although it looks like a normal fork, the Bluetooth technology built-in allows the smart fork to calculate three different aspects of your dining experience:
First, it tracks the number of times food intake is taking place by counting how many times the fork is being lifted into one’s mouth.
Second, it registers the duration of each fork serving, or in other words, how long it takes you to move from one serving to another.
Finally, it calculates the total duration of your entire meal.
Why? Because eating too fast has proven to be unhealthy, leading to possible digestion complications. And because it is very easy to forget oneself and swallow food before enough chewing has been made, especially when hungry.
During last year’s preview of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Hapifork’s inventor said that the idea behind the smart fork came from his own experience when eating: ‘I knew that I was eating too quickly and I had to modify my habits’, he said, ‘although I tried to eat slowly, I’d quickly start thinking about something else – I couldn’t control myself.’
By keeping track of all these variables, Hapifork seeks to help you adjust your eating habits towards a healthier routine.
The smart fork is reactive too – if the fork senses that one is eating a meal too fast, it will start vibrating to signal precisely that and urge you to slow down.
The fork moreover sends all the acquired information to a specific app on your smartphone so that users can keep a record of their eating habits.
Hapifork is, according to its makers, the very first ‘smart utensil’ ever created. The French company behind Hapifork explains that, because everyone knows how to use a fork, learning or training yourself to eat slowly and chew food enough times by using a smarter fork will be a very easy and accessible process.
After years of research, the company was hence able to introduce smart cutlery to the market as a way to tackle digestion problems and weight gain and help us eat more consciously.
Will this revolutionize more areas within the food industry? If a simple fork is now able to perform all of these functions, it is fair to ask oneself how this particular industry will look like in a just a few years’ time…