Asimov's Law Weighing Machines: Scales That Lie

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No one likes learning their weight from a set of scales, so Alice Wang's new concept devices take inspiration from Asimov's First Law of Robotics to protect you from the cruel truth. Her three scales are designed to not "harm a human being " (i.e. you) by either requiring another person to read them or just flat-out lying to you. Dieting would never feel the same again.

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Feel like trusting someone else to be kind about your porkiness? The Half Truth design has a display on the front where you can't see it, leaving it up to someone else to read it and decide what to tell you. Not sure about the "harming a human" rule: this one may be a relationship-strainer.

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Open Secrets doesn't have a display at all, instead transmitting data on your current fatness to someone else's mobile phone. You'd never even have to know the exact figure, which may be quite liberating.

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And White Lies is the most devious. The further back on the scales you stand, the lighter you appear, so you can choose how much to let the scales lie to you.

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Its nice to see a designer tackling a mundane object like bathroom scales, but I can advocate another weighing tactic to avoid upset: ban scales from your house altogether. Much simpler and cheaper all round. [Alice Wang via Dezeen]

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this is why asimov's rules will never work in real life...most people are incredibly self conscious about their weight. probably only their income and actual wang length (for guys) are more closely guarded secrets.

so having a scale that requires someone else to read it is a product with a tiny niche and is probably doomed to fail. plus it seems to require the other person to lie on the floor, which is not usually a selling point either.

tyra is doing her best to change weight stigma, but she's only one woman!