Happiness Hat Tortures Sad People

This hat is crazy! A hidden sensor measures your face, and if you’re not smiling, a sharp spike stabs you in the back of the head!

This hat was created by Lauren McCarthy, the “first in a series of Tools for Improved Social Inter-Acting.”

A wearable conditioning device that detects if you’re smiling and provides pain feedback if you’re not. Frowning creates intense pain but a full smile leaves you pain free!

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. The device runs on Arduino.

A smile is a simple action that has the power to make you and everyone around you feel better. Just using the muscles to smile can make you feel happier. Seeing someone else smiling triggers mirror neurons in your own brain, causing you to unconsciously smile yourself.




You know, it’s common knowledge that by forcing yourself to smile, you actually end up feeling happier. But LOL, can you imagine being tortured by this thing?

If I wore this hat, I’d be smiling all the time – even if you told me very bad news. Come to think of it, plastic surgery can accomplish this exact result as well. Just ask the Middleman.

[Lauren McCarthy via Geekologie]

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