The toaster helmets, the lense helmet, the meat helmet, the masticator, the Brain Tumour helmets with Microwaves, the prayer helmet… I thought i had seen them all. I was wrong! Tim Simpson has designed a nifty Smile Helmet for people in jobs which demand an unusual amount of smiling, such as air-stewards, receptionists and politicians.
When the sensor in the front of the helmet detects anybody within a 2 metre range, the mouth is pulled into a broad grin by a small servo motor and some fishing wire. The helmet addresses the facades of social interaction and explores our responses to affected expressions.
Via plus six.
Other works by Tim Simpson: Natural Deselection, an instrument that empowers plants to control the fate of others and Subversive Sightseeing, a coin operated public telescope that digitally superimposes epic fictions onto the London landscape.