Washington: A smart fork tracks how quickly an individual is eating and starts vibrating if the bites are less than 10 seconds apart.
Usually, it takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that it is full and that it`s time to stop eating, putting speedy eaters at risk for being overeaters but the HapiFork team said that there are many potential health benefits to eating slower, including decreasing acid reflux, obesity and diabetes.
The 99-dollar-fork first came to attention during the Consumer Electronics Show in January and will be on the market by the end of the year.
The fork can also be used to passively track eating habits and automatically sync the data, including duration of meals and frequency of forkfuls, with a smartphone, CNN reported.
The HapiFork mobile app also includes a coaching program and tools to connect with family and pals.
It can also be set up for behaviour modification, vibrating any time a person is eating too quickly, as a gentle reminder to slow down. By default, it is set to allow a bite every 10 seconds, though the exact time can be changed.
When the metal tines of this fork touch the mouth, a circuit is closed and a bite is tallied.
The information is then transmitted to a smartphone over Bluetooth or can be uploaded using a micro USB port in the base.
The fork, which can stay charged for 15 days, has a thick plastic handle, which houses the electronics.
The core pops out so that the fork can be washed by hand or run through a dishwasher and a person must hold down a button to turn it on before each meal, but it automatically powers down after the individual stops using it.