Robot Fridge Forces You to Smile for Food

Allison Guy
October 9th 2012

Feeling grumpy and hungry? Unfortunately, the University of Tokyo's Happiness Counter refrigerator won't open up until you give it a big smile. The concept is based on the fact that smiling releases endorphins, but it seems like the pushy fridge is a quicker route to rage than to true happiness.

Via Buzzfeed.

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Posted 17/10/2012 – 20:40

I can see the scenario: Say a person's child or mother or friend has died. Now, in order to make a meal that person has to smile at the refrigerator--every day, multiple times a day no matter how that person feels. The whole concept is perverted and ludicrous. People who have forgotten to smile or who cannot smile through grief-stricken periods in their lives do not deserve to be hassled by an appliance.
But the sick premise made me laugh. I guess I'm still okay on the grouch-o-meter. I think I'll open the fridge & pour another glass of wine!

jacob myers
Posted 16/10/2012 – 22:31


jacob myers
Posted 16/10/2012 – 22:30


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