HAPILABS wants to make your life happier and healthier not just in amount of exercise, but also in speed of eating. The HAPIfork is an electronic fork that measures how fast you eat and vibrates in real-time when you are eating too fast. The fork sends that information via Bluetooth to your smartphone app and your HAPILABS online portal. Eating meals too quickly has been connected to weight gain, digestive problems and gastric reflux. Even after a few uses with HAPIfork, I’ve consciously made my eating pace slower and more consistent.
The fork comes pre-set to allow bites in 10 second intervals or longer. Each time you take an extra bite within those 10 seconds, the handle of the fork vibrates to let you know and the timer resets. One of the metrics the fork tracks is “overspeeding,” which is the number of bites where you bring the fork to your mouth too quickly. The HAPIfork sensor is fairly acute so it won’t accidentally buzz if you are pushing food around your plate.
The body takes about twenty minutes to feel full, regardless of how fast you eat – taking more deliberate and slower bites means eating less but feeling the same amount of fullness. In addition to creating healthy eating habits, HAPIfork is also great for preventing postoperative complications where eating more slowly can lessen the stress on tissues recently operated on.