The fancy fork was a Kickstarter product demonstrated at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics show back in 2013. And while the fork’s been available a few years a study of its efficacy is just being published in the July issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The fork lights up (red) if you’re eating too quickly; it vibrates if you beat the pre-set 10-second interval between bites. It can record the time a meal begins and ends.
The idea behind the device is that the more slowly you eat, the more mindful you are and more apt to recognize when you are satisfied at which time you will stop eating. Good in theory.
But to me, I feel it’s a step away from getting an electric jolt from the fork. Shock collar to follow? Slippery slope, in my mind.
The study showed that the fork, in a study environment, was helpful in making one cognizant of eating rate. But further, real world study, was necessary.
Could your food habits be modified with a utensil? We’re confident that the size of our plates, the decorative pattern on our plates and even the size of our serving utensils influences what we eat. But a vibrating fork?
Take our poll on the right and tell me if you would use the smart fork to be well,