Breaking Up: Vending Machine Encourages Public Smashing

If you’ve ever experienced the satisfaction of forcefully breaking a plate, glass or other delicate object (on purpose), you know how surprisingly therapeutic it can be. It’s called destruction therapy, and it promises to help release pent-up rage and aggression through controlled violence. This awesome vending machine would let users choose an item to destroy, insert a few coins and then smash away to relieve stress.

Much like any other vending machine, the Anger Release Machine features rows of items from which to choose. The selections range from porcelain plates to crystal glasses to delicate ceramic figurines. After dropping (presumably onto a padded surface), the items can be extracted for immediate destruction therapy. Developed by designers Ronnie Yarisal and Katja Kublitz, the awesomely creative idea remains a concept for now. But anything that helps release stress before it turns into road rage or workplace violence would be a welcome addition to the urban environment.

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See more in Various Gizmos or under Gadgets. February, 2011.