#1783: MealBrake

For people who want to eat in a more refined way and perhaps limit the speed with which they engulf their dinner, today’s invention offers some support.

It consist of a knife, fork and plate set in which both implements contain an electromagnet.

Powered by batteries in the handles, these would be actuated by a transmitter hidden in the plate. When the knife and fork were both in contact with the (metal) plate, a sensor in it would actuate the electromagnets at random intervals.

This would cause the knife and fork to adopt a one-across-the-other configuration ( as recommended by my mum’s table manners lessons to indicate ‘I’m still eating’).

This would have the effect of slowing one’s pace and provoking some prandial peroration.

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