The Pal You Can Punch

The Pal You Can Punch
Design
Dan Gould
  • 25 june 2008

While there’s something rather perverse about naming this semi-anthropomorphic stress toy “Sweety”, as a device, it does serve a purpose. Sweety is a virtual friend who can help people understand and deal with stress. It will listen to your problems and try to work them out. Soothing color patterns will play as a kind of biofeedback to help illustrate or calm your tension. The level of contact increases as it will invite you to play interactive games by manipulating its soft body. And if it all gets to be too much, you can beat the crap out of it. Interesting concept, but perhaps it shouldn’t be so cute looking. I’d feel bad laying a hand on this thing.

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