AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gadget Watch: Electronic fork tracks your bites, nags you about eating habits by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2013 9:36 am MDT LAS VEGAS, Nev. – If you’ve always wanted a fork that spies on your eating habits, you’re in luck: A company has developed a utensil that records when you lift it to your mouth.The electronic fork is one of the gadgets getting attention this week at the International CES in Las Vegas, an annual showcase of the latest TVs, computers and other consumer electronic devices.WHAT IT IS: The HAPIfork is a fork with a fat handle containing electronics and a battery. It’s made by HapiIabs, which is based in the land of slow, languorous meals — France.HOW IT WORKS: The fork contains a motion sensor, so it can figure out when it’s being lifted to the mouth. If it senses that you’re eating too fast, it warns with you with a vibration and a blinking light. The company believes that using the fork 60 to 75 times during meals lasting from 20 to 30 minutes is ideal.Between meals, you can connect the fork to a computer or phone and upload data on how fast you’re eating, for long-term tracking.The electronics are waterproof, so you can wash the fork in the sink. If you want to put it in the dishwasher, you have to remove the electronics first.WHY YOU’D WANT IT: Nutritional experts recommend eating slowly because it takes about 20 minutes to start feeling full. If you eat fast, you may eat too much. The fork is also designed to space your forkfuls so that you have time to chew each one properly. It’s like having your mother in a utensil!WHAT IT DOESN’T DO: The fork has no clue about the nutritional content of your food or how big your forkfuls are. It can’t tell if you’re shovelling lard or stabbing peas individually.AVAILABILITY: The company is launching a fundraising campaign for the fork in March on the group-fundraising site Kickstarter.com. Participants need to put down $99 for a fork, which is expected to ship around April or May. Those forks will connect to computers through USB cables.Later this year, the company plans to start selling Bluetooth-enabled forks to the general public. No price was disclosed for that version.
Updated at 11.30pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…[Image: Photocall Ireland]IRELANDThe CEO of the Central Remedial Clinic resigned from his jobThere was a safe conclusion after a man climbed onto a roof following a stabbingThe HSE withdrew a letter saying supports for narcolepsy sufferers would be removedAthlone Town Centre was placed into receivershipIn Wicklow, a horse was euthanised after reports it was beaten Almost a quarter of a million euro worth of cannabis was seized in WaterfordKathleen Lynch said she had ‘no comment‘ on reports that she had threatened to resignA man was arrested after a shooting in TullamoreThere was also a gun attack on a man in DublinIt was announced 290 full-time jobs would be created in LimerickA further 68 new jobs were announced in Dublin and CorkDetails of the Department of Education uniform questionnaire were revealedWORLDPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One to travel to South Africa [Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association Images]#SOUTH AFRICA: Preparations have been taking place for tomorrow’s massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela#PERU: The sentencing of Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid was postponed#LONDON: The man accused of killing soldier Lee Rigby said he considered Al-Qaeda to be his “brothers”#THAILAND: Thailand’s Prime Minister called snap elections, following large-scale protestsINNOVATIONVodafone has begun rolling out its Irish 4G service for smartphonesMajor tech firms have asked the US to reform its surveillance lawsAnd while we’re on the subject — there are reports that the NSA has been spying on ‘World of Warcraft‘ [Huffington Post]PARTING SHOTAlmost three decades after they launched their famous protest at Dunnes Stores, refusing to handle goods from South Africa, several of the former strikers at the supermarket have arrived in Pretoria ahead of tomorrow’s Mandela memorial service.Pictured alongside President and Sabina Higgins at the Irish Ambassador’s Residence are Mary Manning, Elizabeth Deasy and Karen Gearon…You can read more about their three-year strike here >Originally posted at 10.03pm