Smile Mirror allows you to see yourself only when you smile.
It functions by recognizing the movement of facial muscles and is based on the principle of creating reasons for people to physically smile and by doing so, feel emotionally happy. It is part of a larger project called Uplift, which focuses on opportunities to create joyful moments for cancer patients.
One of the many cancer survivors Berk interviewed told him that in the first days since her initial diagnosis, “it was weird to look at myself and acknowledge that I had cancer in my body.” These words inspired Berk to create a playful mirror that allows you to see yourself only when you smile. Seeing the power of your smile, and your smiling face on the Smile Mirror leads to bringing appreciation to that moment of connecting with self and making peace with the self image.
According to the “facial feedback hypothesis,” our facial expressions affect how we feel. Indeed, if we flex our facial muscles to smile, our brains think that something good happened, results in us feeling happiness.
The Patent pending invention will not only make it possible for people to "gift a smile" to loved ones combatting a difficulty, but also will uplift people in private and public places such as home, office, hospital waiting rooms, patient rooms, clinics for adults and kids, dental clinics, subway stations, courts, and many other places where smiling would change the ambience.