When you are happily munching away on a plate of your favourite food, don’t you think that you’d be put off if a widget on your wrist was counting your every mouthful? Uninspiringly titled the ‘Bite Counter’, the latest gadget aimed at helping you curb calories and prevent overindulgence has been developed two researchers at Clemson University.
At a press of a button, oh yes and departing with 800 bucks, dieters, or wannabe dieters, will know how many bites of food they have taken, which is then estimated into calories, the same way exercise equipment estimates the number of calories burned. But surely quickly stuffing your face with a cream cake contains a higher calorific content and will track less ‘bites’ then gruellingly munching your way through a virtually calorie-free carrot? Hmm, not surprisingly the guys at Clemson have been faced with such judicious questions, and their answer to such obvious flaws in this technology is that “caloric content of a bite averages out over the long term”, and that “people tend to eat the same foods week to week, further stabilizing the calorie/bite relationship”.
Slightly presumptuous don’t we think? Oh well, it will only cost $800 to test out.
Other weight loss gadgets to catch LG’s eye is Fitbit and the Gruve. The former comes in the form of a tiny clip device, which, once clipped to a dieter’s shirt, belt or armband, essentially acts as an accelerometer, tracking your every move throughout the day and then reporting back on your activity. Its motion detecting sensor digitally records the number of steps you have taken, calories burned and even your sleep patterns. While Fibit won’t cause miracles, it’s supposed to enlighten its users to what is preventing them from achieving the body of their dreams.
Fitbit costs a more reasonable $99 from www.fitbit.com
The Gruve is essentially a lazy alarm that tells you when you’ve been lazy for too long! Unlike Fitbit and other pedometer gadgets, which just inform you of your daily activity, Gruve bullies you moving. If you have been sedentary for too long, it flashes lights, starts buzzing and vibrates around the room, until you are that embarrassed or irritated by it that you go on a 5-mile run – in theory anyway.
For $199.95 the Gruve could be worth a try!