Japanese instant noodle company Nissin has created an electronic ramen fork that covers up loud slurping sounds. UPI reports that the company introduced the Otohiko fork in a promotional video this week.
"Otohiko provides a magnificent solution for 'Noodle Slurping Noise'--the cultural friction between the people who enjoy slurping noodles and the people who feels the noise uncomfortable," the company says of the utensil.
The large, white fork contains a microphone that detects the sound of slurping, which prompts the user's smartphone to play a sound effect. The Otohiko is available to pre-order until December 15 on Nissin's website. It costs $130.