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French startup takes fork on road to health

Published on Jan 8, 2013 7:16 AM
 
A Japanese reporter with TV Asahi tries out the HAPIfork at the opening press event of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Jan 6, 2013. The French-based startup Slowcontrol is unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show this week what it calls the first Internet-connected fork, capable of monitoring the pace of eating to keep people from overdoing it. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - If you come to a fork on the Internet, take it. It may end up being beneficial to your health.

The French-based startup Slowcontrol is unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show this week what it calls the first Internet-connected fork, capable of monitoring the pace of eating to keep people from overdoing it.

"We know that overeating is unhealthy, it contributes to obesity," said inventor Jacques Lepine, noting that in studying the problem of overeating, "I decided I might be able to help solve the problem with the fork."

Mr Lepine developed a connected fork which monitors caloric intake for a meal, and if people go too far, "it sets off an alarm" and begins to vibrate.

 
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