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Happiness Machine Captures Happy Thoughts From The Web & Prints Them

Digital artist Brendan Dawes' creation is an Internet-connected printer that prints random thoughts by people from across the web when you press the...

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on October 9, 2012.

UK-based digital artist, designer, author and maker Brendan Dawes has created an Internet-connected printer called The Happiness Machine. When the big black button is pressed, it prints random thoughts by people across the web who mention the word “happy.” The printer uses content from We Feel Fine but is completely agnostic to the data it prints so the thoughts on the piece of paper could be about anything.

Happiness Machine Captures Happy Thoughts From The Web & Prints Them

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.

Dawes created a new version of The Happiness Machine for Fieldguide at The London Design Festival 2012, which has capacitive touch buttons and allows people to choose to print either happy or sad feelings.

Happiness Machine Captures Happy Thoughts From The Web & Prints Them

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