Technology for your health

By Mina Radman • Published: April 12th, 2013
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

As technology advances, more companies are creating products that help you eat, sleep and work out better.

Have you ever wished your utensils would stop you from overeating? If you have, look into purchasing a new high-tech fork. The HAPIfork (happy-fork) monitors how fast you eat your food. The fork’s built-in sensors measure the number of times you put the fork in your mouth, how many seconds pass between each serving and how long it takes you to empty your plate. If you eat too fast, the fork vibrates and flashes lights at you. The fork will cost about $100 when it hits the market this spring. The company is working on a high-tech spoon, too.

You use your iPhone to buy Starbucks, browse Facebook and take photos, so why don’t you use it to force yourself to work out, too? The new app GymPact promises to force you into working out by charging your credit card if you don’t. So how does it work? You offer up your card, and it gets charged if you don’t check-in at the gym for at least 30 minutes. The money collected is proportionately given to those who fulfilled their gym promises. The app is free.

Are you tired of waking up to the blare of your alarm clock when you’re fast asleep? The SleepTracker watch promises to be a nicer alarm clock by monitoring your sleep stages through the night and using the data to wake you up at a stage where you’ll feel refreshed for the day instead of miserable. Although you set a time to be woken up, the alarm may go off a few minutes sooner if you’re in a lighter sleeping stage. The watch costs $149 and is available in both black and white.

These new technologies can improve your life, so give them a try. You may be surprised by how much better you feel.