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The Fitly SmartPlate may not be quite as dumb as other smart tableware

Jon Phillips | May 6, 2015
Given my evisceration of the absurd Vessyl smart cup, I have to commend Fitly for being brave enough to show me its SmartPlate. Toss in the HAPIlabs' smart fork, and you would appear to have the most ridiculous table setting in the world.

Oh, and there's also a display in the middle of the plate. It can tell you to slow down if you're eating too fast.

The SmartPlate will still need gentle cleaning between every meal (obviously), and it's not microwavable (obviously). So the prospect of making it your single everyday plate smacks a bit impractical. Still, a plate with accurate, consistent and highly advanced weight and ingredients recognition could prove useful to some.

Competitive athletes might use such a plate to fine-tune their diets. Diabetics might use such a plate to closely monitor carbohydrate intake. And those on a low-sodium diet might use such a plate to receive warnings about food with too much salt. Perhaps best of all, if the platform really works as advertised, consumers willing to use such a plate for each and every meal will no longer have to struggle with the pain and friction of food-logging apps.

Now, is the Fitly SmartPlate really the hardware to deliver on all these claims? It's promising a lot, and consumers already have reason to doubt the veracity of optical recognition. Exhibit A: The laugable results of Microsoft's just-released engine. Indeed, the SmartPlate sounds like something (and even looks a bit like something) you'd see on the original Star Trek.

If you're willing to take a gamble on Fitly actually delivering on all its claims, you can get in on $99 early bird pricing. The magic tableware is slated to ship next summer. I won't be spending any of my money on smart tableware any time soon, but I do think this platform looks a bit less dumb than last year's smart cup.


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