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.