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    Web-connected gadgets to mobile apps, the best tech around the plate

    Eating is more than just putting a forkful of food into your mouth. It’s about serving sizes, calorie counts, water intake and exercise to burn excess. From Lapka Organic (measures how organic your produce is) to TellSpec (detects allergens and chemicals), here are our picks:

    HapiFork
    Fast eaters usually overeat, and overeating adds on the pounds. HapiFork keeps you in check by vibrating whenever you eat too quickly. Through its smartphone app, it also keeps track of how many forkfuls you’ve had, the frequency of bites and the duration of your meals. Details: hapi.com/products-hapifork

    Prep Pad
    Get that perfectly balanced meal with this smart kitchen scale that’s connected to an iOS app. Place your ingredients on it, and the app will give you nutritional information based on weight. Details: theorangechef.com

    BluFit
    This smart water bottle hooks up to a mobile app — via a Bluetooth chip (compatible with both iOS and Android) — to monitor your hydration. Based on age, gender and outside temperature, it works out how much water you need, keeps track of when and how much you’ve consumed, and alerts you when you need to take another sip. Details: blufitbottle.com

    My Meal Mate
    Designed by scientists at the UK’s University of Leeds, this app helps you monitor your food intake and exercise regime. It also lets you set a weight loss target and makes sure you stick to it by sending you weekly ‘progress cards’ via a text message. Free on play.google.com.

    Smart Knife
    Still a work in progress, this concept’s simple — a knife (its blade doubles as a tablet) that gives nutritional information, gauges freshness and tracks bacteria, as you slice your food. No word yet on the app it can be linked to. Details: electroluxdesignlab.com

    —Surya Praphulla Kumar

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