Grin and bear it: mirror invented for cancer patients forces them to smile


Introducing one of this year’s stupidest tech inventions: a mirror for people with the disease which only reflects if you smile at it

In your regular update on awful tech products, may I present the “Smile mirror”, a mirror designed for cancer patients that becomes reflective only when the user smiles.

Designed by someone actually called Berk, the idea behind the mirror is that smiling, even if faked, can make us genuinely feel better (known as the facial feedback hypothesis), and that laughter can improve immune function and even ostensibly make us live longer.

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