Perhaps you've seen this monstrosity that was written up in CNN on Tuesday—a mirror designed for cancer patients that won't let them see themselves until they smile. Please explain how this product even reached the production stage. Basically, it is just someone in your house telling you to "smile more," which women LOVE. (Guys probably don't get told to smile much unless they're looking into one of these ill-conceived mirrors).
The Smile Mirror—which, according to CNN, is tablet device with a built-in camera and facial recognition technology—will cost between $2,000 and $3,000 initially. Ideally, they will eventually end up costing about $500. What a bargain! Somehow I do not see these selling like hotcakes.
The mirror's designer, Berk Ihan, spent two years designing the product. He told CNN that after visiting cancer hospitals in Turkey and meeting patients and caregivers, he discovered that “morale and social support are two very important factors that can positively change a patient’s experience.”
While the inventor obviously had the best of intentions, forcing someone who is sick to pretend to be happy just so that they can check the damn mirror doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
Nor does it seem like a good idea to a lot of people on Twitter.
You shouldn't have to smile to be recognized. Unhappy people should be able to see themselves, too. They're not vampires.