Japan researchers develop talking fork
Posted on: 11:01 AM IST Dec 30, 2012
London: Japanese researchers have developed a new talking fork that speaks different words and plays bizarre sounds while a person eats. The fork contains a micro controller, a speaker, amplifier and battery within its handle, and generates a variety of sounds depending on the type of food being eaten.
The sounds are apparently generated by the resistance value of the food as it is bitten off, the fork produces the noise as one eats a chicken nugget sounds remarkably similar to a chicken clucking, the 'Daily Mail' reported. The fork is the concept of a research group from the Ochanomizu University in Tokyo.
A video about the instrument shows a woman enjoying bites of numerous types of foods as the fork produces some rather odd sound effects and even speaks to her. When the lady in the video tucks in to a piece of tempura the fork proclaims "Garigori" and "shori" while a stick of cheese produces the word "Paku".
Apparently longer pieces of food will cause the fork to produce multiple sounds and words while they are eaten. As the lady licks ice-cream off it, it produces a rather high pitched and fast spoken "pakupaku".
Researchers from the Ochanomizu University in Tokyo aimed to inspire people to try different types of food and encourage a more varied diet, the report said. They also suggest the fork be used as a communication tool for couples.