Forget chocolate, playing Words With Friends, or any of your other go-to things that make you happy. Now you can get happy on demand, with the touch of a button from the Happiness Machine. The device is hooked up to the Internet and, every time someone shares a happy thought, it prints it out just for you.
The Happiness Machine was created by U.K.-based digital artist Brendan Dawes. It's an Internet-connected thermal printer that dispenses happy thoughts from both random people around the Web, as well as from Jonathan Harris's crowd-sourced website We Feel Fine — his site mines the Web for people's expressions of emotions. Just tear off the paper and smile.
Sure, you could always just cruise yourself to find some positive thought, funny post or lolcat, but Dawes believes there is a benefit to going old school with pieces of paper. He explains on his website:
"I still believe paper has advantages from time to time as a content delivery mechanism over all the screens that now pervade our lives; you can tear it off, put it in your wallet/purse, scribble on it or give it someone else without worrying whether it works with their OS."
The machine itself has no control over what posts pop up, so you are bound to experience a wide range of happy thoughts and expressions, just as the people behind them do. For Dawes, this is core to the project — reminding people there is a real person behind every post.
Dawes notes that the machine is not programmed to seek out happy thoughts. It's his instructions to the server that control what is printed out — it could be random data, or it could be sad emotions.
But who wants that? We all need a little bit of happiness in our lives, and, perhaps someday, the Happiness Machine will bring a little bit of happiness to the general public. Dawes created it for the 2012 London Design Festival.