Upp is a smart device that captures and tallies smiles in classrooms as a means of nurturing empathy and compassion in children.

Taking the form of a playful clip-on badge, the device is built and worn by children throughout the academic year, the built-in camera capturing how many smiles each child receives from their teacher and peers. A jar sits in the classroom that visualises every caught smile with a cloud that slowly floats upwards, providing a representation of the students’ mood and morale.

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design


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