Eating noodles in public is messy, and more often than not, noisy business. Nissin, the Japanese company that brought the Cup Noodles to the market, has come up with Otohiko, an invention that is probably not as revolutionary, but funny nonetheless.
Otohiko is a tech-enhanced fork that will detect slurping noises and camouflage them with other sounds. The fork makers claim that this piece of cutlery will save you from what is popularly known as “noodle harassment” – people noticing you slurping your noodles and laughing/pointing/looking at you judgmentally.
This techy fork can detect multiple types of slurping sounds. When the fork hears you engaging in noodle harassment, the Otohiko will connect to an app on your smartphone and direct it to play customizable sounds to cover up the sounds. The battery life is for about an hour so the user needs to make sure he’s done eating by then. Additionally, the handle of the fork is not waterproof, which makes it a pretty big setback for a piece of cutlery.
The Otohiko will be sold in limited quantities in Japan; its 5,000 units must be preordered. However, if the product isn't fully sold out by December 15, 2017, then all orders will be cancelled.
The Otohiko isn’t an invention that’ll transform lives or make headlines, but its launch goes to show how diverse and receptive the world market has become towards interesting technology, regardless of its widespread utility or feasibility.