Designer Alice Wang (hehe) has developed a new set of scales based on Isaac Asmov’s first law of robotics “A robot may not harm a human being”. Taking this law one step further, and dangerously close to high school counselor territory, Wang (hehe) believes that by accurately telling somebody their weight, these machines have done harm to the fragile self-esteem of an overweight individual or, in layman’s terms, hurt a fatty’s feelings.
Scales, although don’t perform physical harm, have been subtly damaging us psychologically. Should objects like these exist in a complex society like ours where people are more emotionally fragile?
In order to combat these malicious machines, Wang (hehe) has three different scales that all allow for the painful truth to be ignored. The “White Lies” scale gives a lighter measurement the further back you stand on the scale and a measurement of ’0′ if you don’t stand on it at all. The “Open Secrets” version sends a text message of your weight to somebody else so that they can show it to their friends and all have a good, hearty laugh at your expense. And, finally, the “Half-Truth” iteration forces you to have a partner lay prone on the bathroom floor while you stand on the scale so that they can have the dubious task of telling you how much you weigh. This last one is of particular interest to me because not only does it humiliate the person trying to read the scale, but it also puts them in the relationship strengthening position of getting to tell their significant other that they have added a little more “junk” to their “trunk”. I don’t know about you guys, but I am always looking for new ways to have people break up with me while I am lying on the bathroom floor. More pictures after the jump.