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"Smart" Fork Among Digital Wonders At CES Preview Show

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The world's biggest consumer technology showcase is holding its annual preview show in Manhattan's Flatiron District. NY1's Technology reporter Adam Balkin filed the following report.

It's barely the start of this year's holiday season, but consumers can already get a glimpse at what the holiday season 2013 has in store, thanks to the CES Unveiled preview event, held each year in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. It's a small taste of what's to come at the giant Consumer Electronics Show held each January in Las Vegas.

"We'll see at the 2013 CES in January ultra-high definition, we'll see more smartphones, we're going to be the biggest app show in the world, applications contests, things like that," says Gary Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association. "Plus look, there are 3,000 companies showing the coolest, neatest, newest, best, greatest products."

While TVs, tablets and phones are easy to spot, there are hundreds and maybe even thousands of off-the-beaten-path innovations out there, for areas of life where one might not expect much technology.

"We have a digital health summit, a fitness summit, a 'silver summit' for boomers, babies, moms, kids, and higher education," says Robin Raskin of Living In Digital Times.

After going to CES for about a decade, I thought I had seen just about every single object anyone could think of get technified, but apparently I thought wrong because this show includes what is being billed as the world's first digital "smart fork."

Called the HAPIfork, it measure how the user is eating, in order to help him or her eat slower.

"The fork is going to be tracking three important data: the time you eat, the number of fork servings and then the time between each fork serving," says Fabrice Boutain of HAPILABS.

Developers say by coaching the user to eat slower, it can help someone lose weight, digest food better and help prevent gastric reflux.

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