The Straits Times
Published on Jan 08, 2013

French startup takes fork on road to health


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.