Hapilabs' HAPIfork first debuted at CES in January and after a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $100,000, the product is ready to be shipped to consumers. The fork, which is designed to monitor eating habits, tracks movement through a capacitive sensor and a vibration motor, beaming information to a smartphone via Bluetooth.
HAPIfork measures each movement from fork to plate, which is recorded as a "fork serving," monitoring how long it takes to finish a meal, the number of fork servings consumed per minute, and the interval between each fork serving. It is designed to alert users when they are eating too fast, an issue that can lead to "poor digestion and poor weight control," according to the Hapilabs website.
The information gathered by the fork is uploaded through Bluetooth or USB to an online dashboard and also works with an app that includes a coaching program to encourage better eating habits.
"HAPIfork is a revolution! It will help millions of people eat more slowly, adopt good eating habits, lose weight and feel great! Additionally, with HAPIfork comes the HAPI.com platform for web and mobile. Our cross-device platform makes the experience of changing bad habits easy and fun. Here we’ve created a coaching program providing helpful nutrition and fitness tips and motivational social games to help keep people implement their new healthy habits."
Hapilabs is currently shipping forks to its Kickstarter backers and plans to offer the product exclusively in Brookstone stores beginning on October 18. The fork can be pre-ordered for $99 through the Brookstone website and comes in five different colors.