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Hapilabs’ Hapifork helps to change the habits of people who eat too rapidly. This is important, clinicians say, because eating slowly helps prevent indigestion and overeating. The Hapifork tracks how long it takes to finish a meal, the intervals between forkfuls, and how many forkfuls you take per minute. An LED on the fork lights up and the utensil vibrates if you don’t allow at least 10 seconds between forkfuls. The fork, which will be available this spring for US $99, comes with a smartphone app for checking your progress and a coaching program.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.