Aluminum, wood, leather, galvanic skin response (GSR) sensor, smoke grenade, switch, and glass tube
13 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 5 1/2" (35 x 20 x 14 cm)
The suppression of feelings in the workplace in the hope of greater professional success, notes designer Jonas Loh, has led to unusually high rates of employee suicide; a particularly troubling statistic comes from France Télécom, where 23 employees ended their lives over the span of 18 months in 2008 and 2009. To counteract this stifling and dangerous social conundrum, Loh created the Amæ Apparatus, which makes a person’s feelings explicit. Loh calls it an early-warning system for stressed-out people, soliciting sympathy and allowing assistance to be provided in a timely manner. Amæ, whose name comes from a subtle Japanese concept describing the desire for attention and care from a person of authority, is worn like a backpack and interprets the wearer’s stress levels through a skin sensor; color-coded smoke erupts from a spout in a canister to alert coworkers to various emotional states.