We've covered theremins before, from DIY pocket theremins to hacks using the Microsoft Kinect and Nintendo Wii. But we've never covered a utensil-based theremin, or a theremin with tines, or even a theremin that uniquely reacts to the texture of chicken skin. Until now.
This fork, demonstrated at Interaction 2011 and profiled by DigInfo, has an embedded theremin that begins making its unique and oddly unpleasant screeching noises once it touches a person, completing a circuit. But the pitch of the theremin changes based on the feedback from the fork's tines: The more resistance it encounters, as when you're gnawing on something particularly tough or chewy, the lower the tone. Oh, and it has a cute name: the EaTheremin.
According to the video's narrator, "Flexible items like chicken skin can generate vibrato effects as they stretch," so theoretically you could put together a dish that produces a melody, based on the textures you choose. The video above is worth watching if only for the uncomfortably close shots of the spokesperson gnawing sausages and fried chicken. We just hope she made it through the day without feeling too ill.
Anybody else think this sounds like a dental drill?
what is this doing on popsci? didnt we do something like this with those little chickens that chirp when you hold them?
This is easily the most RETARDED subject I 've ever seen on PopSci.
Who needs cheap, everlasting, washable and quiet forks?
She eats like a rabbit! Hahahaha!
or like a hamster;)
why would anybody want a fork that kills hearing aids?
A solution to the problem of "food NOT screaming when I try to eat it"
lolz @ bv. // sounds gets annnoying after listening to the vid.
i guess it was made to help people loose weight...who'd want to listen to that while eating.
It does sound like a dentist drill!! Can you imagine a dinner table using these things. What could be the practical application for annoying sound producing forks. Why was it featured in PopSci? It would fit better on Dave Letterman's stupid human tricks!
That's all I have to say about that... for now