Involuntary Pleasures


Home electronics that insist on interaction

Involuntary Pleasures is a four-part series of electronic products that require physical interaction for engagement, creating chemical changes within users’ brains, to trigger feelings of delight and happiness. Victory Alarm Clock, to turn off the Victory Alarm Clock the user must hold the two actuators and adopt a victory pose, increasing testosterone and reducing cortisol. The Hugging Toaster requires the user to embrace it with a hug for the duration of cooking, increasing levels of dopamine and serotonin. The Smile Telephone uses facial metrics scanning to determine that a user is first smiling at their reflection in order to make and receive calls. The amplified and distorted reflection of the Reflective Mirror offers a moment of meditative contemplation.

Ted Wiles

  • Ted Wiles
    Royal College of Art

    Ted Wiles is a London based Product Designer, specializing in user interaction with products. Having completed a Bachelors Degree in Three Dimensional Design at Manchester School of Art, Wiles then studied for a Masters Degree in Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London. Wiles’ work focuses on interaction with consumer electronic products.more

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