Lauren McCarthy's Happiness Hat

Publication Title
Lauren McCarthy
Publication/Creation Date
Lauren McCarthy (creator)
Media Type
Video Lecture
Persuasive Intent
Discursive Type
The Happiness Hat is a wearable device that detects if you're smiling and provides pain feedback if you're not. An enclosed bend sensor attaches to the cheek and measures smile size, a servo motor moves a metal spike into the head inversely proportional to the degree of smile. Through repeated use of this conditioning device you can train your brain to smile all the time. This is the first in a series of Tools for Improved Social Interacting.
HCI Platform
Relation to Body
Related Body Part
Head, Face

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Lauren McCarthy
Date archived
April 9 2014
Last edited
July 5 2021
How to cite this entry
Lauren McCarthy. (2010). "Lauren McCarthy's Happiness Hat". Lauren McCarthy. Fabric of Digital Life.