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HAPI HAPI Halloween!

Halloween is upon us once again. Here are some tips to help you maximize fun and happiness on this holiday.

    1. Get creative!

If you set your mind to it, you’ll never run out of fun quick-to-do ideas that trick or treaters will love. Don’t have the time? You can create something simple: s’mores with marshmallows microwaved in between chocolate graham crackers and layered with hazelnut choco spread. Add touches like orange sprinkles to get into the Halloween spirit. For something healthier, make tangelo pumpkins with celery sticks for stems. How easy does that sound? If you have extra time on your hands to prep something intricate, all the better! You don’t need a Martha Stewart magic wand to whip up a few out-of-the box too-cute-to-eat concoctions. The good news is, since it’s the time for sweets, kids will eat it even if doesn’t look perfect. It’s the season after all when it’s easiest to patch up kitchen blunders and simply create something ghoulish even when it’s unintentional–and no one will say a word.

halloween-fork2You can also try heading over to Pinterest for some awesome ideas.

2.  Prepare ahead of time.

Cramming is the easiest way to take the fun out of anything, even this extra high sugar glazed holiday. Taking a few minutes a day at least a week ahead to plot out your plan of attack will save you a lot of headaches and keep the fun in the event. It’s a good idea to use that planner you have not touched since the beginning of the year. Or better yet, use a planner app on your phone, so you can map plans conveniently wherever you are. You can check this list of some great planner apps to download this year.

3.  Find the best spot for the trick or treaters in your household.

trick or treatIf your neighborhood is less friendly to kids in costumes at this time of the year, do not hesitate to have your kids join their friends and visit a nearby street where the Halloween activity would be much higher. Chances are, you would already hear about the best go-to places for this occasion ahead of time. If in doubt, the density of Halloween decorations on front porches around town will give you a clue. The kids will have a much happier time parading in their goblin or superhero garb with more kids roaming the streets. And of course, more candy!

4.  Recipes for leftover candy.

Get ideas from this article for things to try. It’s the only time  in the year when you have a surplus of sweets in your home. Sure, candy doesn’t go bad easily, but how about using these to create something a lot more fun your kids will not get tired of? It’s also an opportunity for you to slowly use these treats up to brighten up a healthy but kid repelling meal. This way, you can integrate the sweets into something more healthy, spreading out empty calories over nutrient-rich meals.  If they’re stuck in your fridge or cupboard they’d just stay there for the entire year, lest you snack on them every day for the next few weeks.

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5.   Get into the Halloween spirit!

Few other occasions offer the chance for people to dress up in outrageous costumes and even act the part for a night. Think up of some funny costumes, soak yourself in the spirit, and be part of the fun. No other night offers a free pass for being silly, so you have few excuses to hold back.  Nothing gets you in the mood better than trotting around in fun costume you yourself prepared.  And of course, don’t forget to post all your Halloween moments on your HAPI.com app to share with your family and friends!

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The HAPI Team 🙂

Fly don’t Fall – Keeping Fit and Heathy this Autumn

The hot summer days are almost over. Don’t fret if your summer fitness plans didn’t pan out, as fall might just be the perfect time to start fitness routines and healthy habits that stick. For one, it’s the season just before winter when fitness is moot, as weather later turns too chilly. It feels mighty tempting to just curl up inside a warm Snuggie and hibernate. Fall gives you a few months’ head start for making healthy choices, commit to do them regularly until they turn into habits just in time for Thanksgiving weekend and the winter months.

Here are some ways you can take advantage of this perfect season to be a bit more healthy in your choices.

1. Start a fitness routine

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Gone is the uncomfortable heat of summer. You  can now enjoy the cooler temperature and take up outdoor workouts like walking, running or biking. There are few other seasons better suited to these activities;  the air is crisp, leaves are crunching under your feet and the scenery is of the beautiful fall foliage. You’ll be amazed how this time can be a big motivator for you to grab your favorite sneakers and head outdoors.  

2. Indulge in healthy fall meals

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It is friendly on the budget to eat seasonally and locally. And as much as summer, fall is when a bounty of fruit and vegetables is in season.  Celery, a favorite healthy snack, is in season; as well as other vitamin-packed veggies and fruits as pumpkins, turnips, a variety of mushrooms and berries. Some vegetables tend to be better this season, like cabbage and figs, as colder temperature makes them sweeter. Carrots also have a more robust flavor than in other seasons. As an extra tip, with all produce that’s available to you at a cheaper cost, it is much easier to to plan your meals ahead of time, weekly, for example, so as to avoid to going for unhealthy  “convenient” options  at the last minute.

3. Take a fun physical class

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Cure boredom by taking an unusual, fun class that requires you to move and be physically active. Fitness doesn’t always have to come in a serious intimidating package. This time is perfect as fall is when most of these group fitness classes usually start. For parents, much of time is freed up  for new activities, as kids are already starting school. You’ll never be short of fun things to try:  yoga, pilates, and barre are usual choices.  For the terpsichoreans, try tap, hip-hop and some of the latest fitness craze. For the those of you who prefer more intense physical activity, try signing up for team sports. Football is a good choice as the NFL season is upon us, it is a fantastic way to soak up the energy and get into the spirit.

4.  Get help from technology

activity trackerTake advantage of the latest fitness gadgets to assist you in staying on top of your fitness game. At the end of the day, it is your own willpower that will determine if you win the battle of the bulge.  Using activity trackers, which are designed to help monitor your activities and keep you motivated, is a great way to increase the odds for success when cooler days make the bed irresistible during workout mornings.

5.  Don’t get sick

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And finally, let us not forget that fall also means fickle weather. It’s not uncommon to have cooler windy days be followed by blistering heat. Getting sick will take you off your precious healthy habit faster than you can say “achoo”.  Be prepared by always dressing appropriately. Have a light jacket ready for sudden cooler change in temperature or when wind gets too excited, and also keep an extra towel to wipe yourself down during unusually hot weather, especially when doing your outdoor activities.

Sharing the Love: HAPIfork Around The World

We couldn’t be happier with the kind of buzz that our favorite fork has received in the past few months.  And today, we share some of the HAPIfork love with you!

Here are some of features we’ve seen, and some that people have shared with us, in different countries (and languages) around the world.

From Belgium’s Nieuwsblad.be one of their leading national newspapers.

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Much love to Hendrix Rommens for sending us the photo of the feature!

We’re also very much flattered to see people taking the time to take perfect beauty shots our beloved fork! Here are a couple of great shots done by it.com from China.

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We’ve also read some great features from over 5,000 news articles and blog posts published even before we started shipping out the first few units of the HAPIfork last year! Here are some in different languages we’d like to share.

Hello Cotton – France

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Newsland – Russia

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News.com.au – Australia

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Glob.com – Brazil

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It was an exciting affair when we started delivering HAPIforks to different parts of the world and even more exciting to have people share with us their experience when HAPIfork was finally on hand. Here’s one of our HAPI backers who sent us a picture of his HAPIfork unboxed, all the way from Portugal. Thanks Olimipio for sending some shots of your new fork! 🙂

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 HAPIfork also had the chance to meet technology entrepreneur Andy Hadfield on a plane (HAPIfork was featured at the Thai Airways inflight mag). Click here to see his blog on this on the emergence of quantified self, featured in South Africa. Thanks for the tweet, Andy!

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And speaking of HAPIfork on a plane, we’re surely glad HAPIfork gets past security checks at the airport to go around the world with you 🙂 Here’s a tweet about the experience by Tactiohealth.

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‘Twas definitely  wonderful to share HAPIfork with the world and we greatly appreciate all the good word that has gone around about this little smart gadget!  Both HAPILABS and SlowControl (maker of the HAPIfork) humbly thank you all for the support!

Once again, have a HAPI day, everyone!

The HAPILABS Team

New Pictures from the HAPIfork Factory!

It’s a busy October for HAPILABS and Slow Control –company powering the technology for HAPIfork–with the preparations for the HAPIfork launch. We’re scrambling like busy bees to put the finishing touches so that your HAPIfork experience is…well, the HAPIest possible one!

Earlier this week, HAPILABS CEO Fabrice visited the HAPIfork factory in China to check that everything is going well with the HAPIfork production (after the initial production runs now ongoing delivery).  Check out some pictures below! 😉

Before heading to the factory, Fabrice also got to attend the Hong Kong Electronics Fair just last October 16. HAPI to be a part of one of the world’s biggest electronics events and see up and coming gadgets.

Fabrice shares these HAPI photos from the trip with you guys!

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lunch - 50The HAPI Team having lunch with the factory management team, with the HAPIfork, of course!

We hope you enjoyed these highlights. Until our next update, everyone!

Have a HAPI day!

The HAPILABS Team  

 

We’ve Started Shipping to Kickstarter Backers!

We’ve been waiting for this moment for a loooong time, and we’re so HAPI to announce that we’ve made it!

The HAPIfork, the world’s first smart fork, has finally arrived! And it’s all thanks to your tremendous support and patience!

We have started shipping the Kickstater Backers’ HAPIfork rewards, including the HAPIfork T-shirts and HAPIstickers! Early this week, we’ve already shipped the first units to and the rest will be delivered this coming week. Good news: Kickstarter Backers can expect the arrival of their HAPIforks pretty soon!

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It’s been a hectic but fun run up to this big moment: from the CES in January, and the Kickstarter fundraiser in April. And all the hard work has paid off! Both Slow Control  and HAPILABS are extremely thankful for all the support HAPIfork has received!

Help make HAPIfork a perfect device! 🙂

We cannot wait for everyone to receive and get to try out the HAPIfork! The fork’s firmware (that filters “false positive” fork servings) is not perfect yet because, believe it or not, we all eat in different ways. But we’re improving it on a daily basis and we’re surely getting there. With users feedback, we will improve it to make it 100% accurate. With all the users’ support, we’re going to create a device that will help millions of people have a healthier and HAPIer lifestyle. What a great challenge ahead!What a great challenge ahead!

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For those 126 of backers who have not yet answered our HAPIfork surveys sent last June can still do so and we will be arranging the next batch of shipment for them.

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Thanks and have a HAPI day!

The HAPILABS Team

Here are some latest shots from our guy Edd as we arrange shipment from our site!

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The HAPI Revolution T-shirt and HAPIfork sound asleep in their box 🙂

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      A little thank you letter from us to the Kickstarter Backers! 🙂

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   Don’t forget the Official HAPI funder sticker!

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Boxes all lined up at our shipping site!

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       The HAPIforks are almost here! All of us at HAPILABS, can’t wait for you to get to try them!

Behind the Scenes: The Official HAPIfork Video!

Here are some behind the scenes shots of the HAPIfork Official  Promotional Video  made by the HAPILABS video team with co-founder Philippel! Just one of the few things we’ve been working on to get the HAPIfork ready for the public launch. 😉

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 Philippe and Stéphane of the HAPI team setting the scene up!

Lovely al fresco lunch with the HAPIfork, at the second take of the day !

This HAPIfork promotional video shows HAPIfork, the technology powered by Slow Control,  as part of daily life from starting your day with a hearty breakfast, lunch at a restaurant with friends, to dinner at home. In this 2 minute 30 second video, you’ll learn about HAPIfork’s features, the vibration when you eat too fast,  and how you can follow your eating stats in real-time on a mobile device connected using the HAPIfork’s Bluetooth connection. It’s easy to use, charge, carry around and a breeze when you need to upload data on your personal dashboard.  It’s made for everyday use and it really provides amazing results!

Stay tuned for the release of the video in a few days!

HAPIfork Beta Units Shipped! Plus 10 Photos Straight from the Labs :-)

Exciting news! We are HAPI to announce that the beta version HAPIforks have shipped out from the factory to our beta testers this week!

The HAPILABS Team and Slow Control — the company that provides the HAPIfork technology– have been hard at work these past months, making sure that everything is in order with your devices, and HAPI applications. We’re now at the final stages of preparing for the HAPIfork and we are HAPI to share some snapshots of the latest events with you!

1. Edd, Phil and Chris from the HAPILABS Team are enjoying their first meal in China with the beta version HAPIfork.

2. Chris and Edd from the HAPILABS Team together with Ray from the HAPIfork Factory are testing the fork’s latest firmware.

3. A first look at the new HAPIfork travel case that is very light to carry around. For hygienic considerations, it is made of a special PP plastic .

4. HAPIfork Factory: Testing connectivity on each fork. All is working very well with latest Apple tablet!

5. HAPIfork Factory: Assembling the fork and putting the O-ring on the HAPIfork’s head to secure its water resistance.

6. HAPIfork Factory: Putting together the beta-test HAPIfork; the Quick Start Guide and other reading materials can be found inside the travel case.

7. HAPIfork Factory: Wrapping the HAPIfork final package units with protective plastic films. Just before shipping.

8. Leandro from the HAPILABS’ Web Team currently working on the latest updates on the Online Dashboard.

9. Karen from HAPILABS Design Team is finalizing the HAPIfork User Manual that will be available for download in PDF format

10. Arne from the HAPILABS mobile Team is fine-tuning the HAPIfork app that will be available to Bluetooth Smart Ready devices (on iPhone and Android).

We hope you enjoyed the latest news from the Labs! Until our next update! Have a HAPI day!

The HAPILABS Team

HAPILABS at the “Quantified Self” and “Internet of Things” Meetings in Paris!

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Exciting updates for HAPILABS were revealed by Fabrice Boutain, CEO of HAPILABS, at the Internet of Things and Quantified Self meet up last June 25 and 28 in Paris.

HAPILABS is a company that was conceived in perfect timing with innovations and developments in a high for the Quantified Self and Internet of things communities. HAPILABS’ goal of helping people take control of their health through technologies that incorporate data acquisition to a person’s daily life is something that is at the very heart of these communities and we’re HAPI to share our story with them!

Fabrice related his very own journey in life, and it is the pursuit of better health and quality of life that led him to build HAPILABS. It is what all people strive for in their lives, whatever they do, and it is decidedly what should be the essence of his next venture. He discussed happiness as the essence of HAPILABS building upon the ideas of some of today’s positive psychology authors Martin Seligman and Sonja Lyubomirsky.

The event was made even more meaningful as it is the first time HAPILABS introduces its second product in the range of wellness technologies: the HAPItrack.

Also, for the very first time, Fabrice delved into the details of the four blocks making up the HAPILABS Platform. First being the visualization of your health and happiness, second your personal health and fitness data, third is the coaching program to assist you in reaching your goals, fourth is the social aspect that let you share your experience with the people you care about.

You can view the slides presented at the event on this link :

http://fr.slideshare.net/fabriceboutain/hapilabs-platform-qsparis0130628up

HAPIfork, Laughing at the Right Time and at the Right Pace

Hello HAPIbackers,

If you have been around the web, you’ve probably seen that many have already been inspired to write, talk and even joke about the HAPIfork.

Here are our 3 favorite HAPIfork funny moments:

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The Colbert Report

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Le Grand Journal de Canal+

And following the buzz, we are grateful for the even louder supportive and helpful energy that has been generated. One message that we particularly adore, is in this article by Ryan Rawler for Tech Crunch: In Defense of the HAPIfork.

Not to mention, the overwhelming support we’ve received from you, our backers, to this day.

Have a HAPI day!

The HAPILABS Team

This update was originally posted on Kickstarter on Mayr 14, 2013.

They had a meal with the HAPIfork!

Hello HAPIbackers,

We have been very lucky to get the chance to sit down with the HAPIfork and enjoy our meal with some notable writers and journalists in personal technology. We at HAPILABS together with Slow Control–the company that provides the HAPIfork technology– are very excited for the moment when you’ll finally be able to try the HAPIfork for yourselves, and we can hear what you have to say. So in anticipation of that day, we thought it would be a nice idea to share with you some of their positive feedback, to give you a little preview of the experience.

Here are some of the nice things they’ve shared with their readers:

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“After just one meal, it’s had some impact on my eating. As I’ve consumed further food this week, sans HAPIfork, it’s still been on my mind — and I’ve been doing a better job of pacing myself.“

 – Harry McCracken, TIME Tech 

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“Normally I would have scarfed the food down in almost no time, but this was one of the most relaxed meals I’ve had in years.“

– Larry Magid, Forbes

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“The fork is light enough that it is easy to carry around and subtle enough that you won’t feel weird whipping it out at a restaurant.“

– Rebecca Grant, Venture Beat

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” One meal wasn’t enough time to cure me of my snarfing ways, but I was more aware of how fast I ate for the rest of the day. ”

– Heather Kelly, CNN

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” It only took a few rumbles of my mouth to slow me down. By the end of the meal, I began to unconsciously place my fork into a flat position, rather than holding it like a spear waiting for attack.“

– Gregory Ferenstein, TechCrunch

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“It became a bit of a game to see what actions and behaviors would and would not produce the vibration alert. I was unusually aware of the speed with which I was eating; in these regards, the HAPIfork was already working.”

– Amber Bouman, TechHive