Happy Place reinterprets signposts as experiences to move visitors and locals both physically and emotionally across the city. Signposts equipped with interactive displays will reveal a small excursion, but just if the person in front of it looks happy.
A camera system will detect the user’s expression in front of the signpost. When they smile a text will slowly start to appear in the sign led display, showing the full content if the user smiles for long enough and starting to disappear again if the user stops smiling.
Drawing from research that suggests that smiling is actually effective in improving mood, and with the possibility to engage community in gathering interesting facts related to locations around the city, Happy Place wants to give new life and meaning to street signs in the digital age, not only encouraging happier demeanors but also bringing people together in a playful and engaging way.