Involuntary Pleasures

A series of electronic products which require physical interaction from the user to engage with them; these physical interactions create chemical changes within the user’s brain which engender feelings of delight and happiness.

Victory Alarm Clock
To turn off the alarm the user must hold the two actuators and adopt a victory pose for two minutes. Enclosed within the hand-held actuators, accelerometers send their position via bluetooth back to the base, causing the alarm to stop after two minutes of use. This posture increases levels of Testosterone and reduce levels of Cortisol, making the user feel more confident and less stressed.

Hugging Toaster
Toaster requires the user to embrace it with a hug for the duration of the cooking, activating pressure sensors in the body of the object. The act of hugging increases levels of Dopamine and Serotonin in the user’s brain whilst reducing heart rate. This increases feelings of comfort and happiness

Smile Telephone
The Smile Telephone uses a camera a facial metrics scanning to determine the user’s facial expression. The user is required to smile at their reflection in order to make and receive calls. The telephone forces the user to engage with a positive self image of themselves and courses an increase in levels of Serotonin in the brain.

Reflective Mirror
The amplified and distorted reflection presented to the user of the Reflective Mirror offers a moment of meditative contemplation. It is a moment to consider one’s self project image. It reminds the user that everything we experience is from a subjective perspective.

︎ ︎ Ted Wiles | London 2017