HAPIfork Launches on Kickstarter, ‘Smart’ Eating with an App-Controlled Fork

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HAPILABSScreen Shot 2013-04-18 at 12.01.30 PM is a French tech company “whose mission is to help individuals in the 21st century take control of their HAPIness, health and fitness through applications and mobile connected devices.” And they’re doing an excellent, creative job at it; as Wednesday marks the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for their latest self-help project, HAPIfork.

A standard practice in strategic warfare; the strongest means of attack on an adversary is by starting at the ‘head.’ When it comes to weight control, there’s really no difference (pun intended.)

Jacques Lepine, inventor of HAPIfork, is also CEO of SlowControl, a research group who studies the correlation between people who eat too fast and their health problems linked to it, like obesity. Their findings showed that by eating more slowly, a person can improve how they feel and improve their involuntary bodily functions, such as digestion.

When a person eats their food slow, they give their body more time to reach the point where it is ‘full’ or no longer hungry. This makes it easy to stop, in turn promoting weight loss. Therefore, using HAPIfork can make you skinnier. Here’s how it works:

During each meal, HAPIfork tracks a person’s number of “fork servings,” as they call it, as well as the duration of each “fork serving” interval (the time between bites.) If you’re eating too fast, the fork will vibrate in your hand, reminding you to ‘relax and enjoy’ eating. Don’t feel rushed!

Your eating information is tracked (wirelessly via Bluetooth or synched with a USB cable, if preferred) and saved in a dedicated HAPILabs mobile application, also accessed through the company’s internet widget. Likewise, this data bank reveals to users how much time was spent eating and the exact times when they started and when they finished their meal.

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 12.02.18 PMHAPILabs has designed and added a built-in coaching program to their application. This will make recommendations on what to eat, when to eat and how long it should take you to eat based on your individual data. In some ways, HAPIfork is also part health-mentor and that’s pretty cool.

Of course the web and mobile apps are social media-friendly, letting users share their meals and progress with friends and family, along with photos and comments if they feel inclined to do so.

The prototype HAPIfork was first unveiled at CES in January, where I was lucky enough to check it out. Needless to say, it was a huge hit and constantly and effortlessly attracted large groups of spectators needing to see the next-generation ‘smart dieting’ solution.

This is still the only gadget that we’ve seen like it and based on it’s fun, yet practical operation, we’re expecting it take off. So, if you think you’d want HAPIfork, squeeze yourself into the first batch of backers now! (You’ll be sad if you didn’t otherwise, trust me.)

Currently, HAPILabs has a projected shipping date for September. With lots of additional, tempting goodies for backers, an $89 backing cost will get you one model from the first batch, available in black, pink, green, blue and white.

I’m looking forward to seeing HAPIfork success stories and the ‘before and after’ shots of people who end up using it to their advantage. When it comes to dieting, this may be the most trendy resource available. Sounds like a big win for modern technology.


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