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A Thinner HAPIfork!

Featuring the new the slimmer HAPIfork! And on behalf of all of us at HAPILABS and Slow Control, the company responsible for the HAPIfork technology, couldn’t be more ecstatic with the positive comments we have received from some of our friends who backed our project on Kickstarter last May. 

Since the presentation of the first few digital forks by Slow Control at CES this January 2013, we’ve received some feedback from the community on how the fork looks. Though we made the previous design comfortable to the grip, and easy to use–we had some pretty nice feedback from the people who had a meal with it—still, some comments on some HAPIfork images said that it seemed a bit too big (the camera adds 10 pounds after all! :-))

Of course we would be HAPI to have the HAPIfork at the center of people’s attention, but we want this in a good way! So, we’re more than glad to finally reveal this slimmer HAPIfork, one of the things that Slow Control and HAPILABS have been working diligently on these past few months.

thinner hapifork

This new design has been made slimmer with significantly less volume:  its width and thickness reduced by 2mm each, thanks to the handle’s ingenious asymmetrical shape! The on and off switch was given a complete overhaul to fit this new slimmer handle. The tines were also improved to look more balanced relative to the fork’s body.

To make it much more easy to use, the length of the fork’s cap at the opposite end was increased by around 3 mm so that it’s easier to pinch for removal. Instructional markings were also added to help users to better understand how they can pull out the body (the electronic key) from the fork’s handle.

The lid that protects the micro USB connector was also modified so that it can be opened and closed more easily. This redesign was especially intended so that users who will not use a mobile phone and Bluetooth to sync their HAPIfork, but instead will use the USB connector to upload their meal data, would have a much more convenient way to do it. And as a bonus it’ll make it easier for everyone to setup charging for their HAPIfork !

This new design will be the one to enter full production and so our HAPI backers on Kickstarter and people who will reserve a fork on our very own HAPILABS.com will be receiving this slimmer HAPIfork.

Of course, let us know what you think about this new design in the comments section!

Evolution of the HAPIfork

The evolution of the HAPIforkAs we’ve mentioned before, the designer of the HAPIfork, Jacques Lépine, has been at this for over 7 years! Here are four benchmark versions of the HAPIfork, from top to bottom in the image:

V0.1 – Figuring out how to detect when the fork touches the mouth

V 0.2 – The first attempt to make a fork. There are a lot of errors. The fork isn’t solid enough simply as a fork.

V 0.3 – Finally the fork works well, so we learn a lot out about how people actually use the fork.

V 1.0 – January 2013, this is the fork from the CES release. We have improved the feed-back, the durability, and are pleased with the results.

So interesting to see how far the development of the fork has come!