Wacky Napkin Table is Part Bib, Part Balancing Act

PHOTO: The Napkin Table is a very unique way to dine.

While mobile technology has made communication easier than ever, it's causing a lot of people to check out during mealtime.

All over the world, diners are answering calls mid-lunch, staring at screens under the table or forking with one hand while texting with the other -- much to the chagrin of moms everywhere.

In response, an experimental product has been created in China that forces its users to focus on their food and their dining companions.

PHOTO: To force diners to focus on their food instead of their electronic devices, the napkin table is connected at the neck.
Napkin Table
PHOTO: "To force diners to focus on their food instead of their electronic devices, the napkin table is connected at the neck."

Introducing, the Napkin Table: a small platform that attaches to a person's neck at either end, like an adult bib built for two.

"Generally, we often chitchat with friends through the meal," said the creators in the product statement. "However, with more and more people addicted to mobile technology, it happens more frequently that people have meals with absence of mind."

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In order to not have a bowl of soup fall in one's lap or to accidentally hurl a plate of wings at one's girlfriend, the Napkin Table requires both wearers to keep plates level and attention straight ahead.

PHOTO: The napkin table features a smaller napkin bib just below the chin for wiping away any errant sauce or crumbs.
Napkin Table
PHOTO: "The napkin table features a smaller napkin bib just below the chin for wiping away any errant sauce or crumbs."

While its creators don't intend for the product to replace traditional tables, they do hope it will inspire a new dialogue around proper eating culture.

PHOTO: Napkin Table is an experimental product responding to the social dining that is influenced by the modern technology, say creators.
Napkin Table
PHOTO: "Napkin Table is an experimental product responding to the social dining that is influenced by the modern technology," say creators.

"Napkin Table is not a product focusing on how to solve the problem of a modern eating habit (eating with cellphone)," read the statement, but hopes that "users could reflect on this dining phenomenon."

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