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Amazon Is Working on a Device That Can Read Human Emotions
2019-05-23
[Bloomberg] Amazon.com Inc. is developing a voice-activated wearable device that can recognize human emotions.

The wrist-worn gadget is described as a health and wellness product in internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg. It’s a collaboration between Lab126, the hardware development group behind Amazon’s Fire phone and Echo smart speaker, and the Alexa voice software team.

Designed to work with a smartphone app, the device has microphones paired with software that can discern the wearer’s emotional state from the sound of his or her voice, according to the documents and a person familiar with the program. Eventually the technology could be able to advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others, the documents show.

It’s unclear how far along the project is, or if it will ever become a commercial device. Amazon gives teams wide latitude to experiment with products, some of which will never come to market. Work on the project, code-named Dylan, was ongoing recently, according to the documents and the person, who requested anonymity to discuss an internal matter. A beta testing program is underway, this person said, though it’s unclear whether the trial includes prototype hardware, the emotion-detecting software or both.

Amazon declined to comment.
Posted by:Besoeker

#4  How about an HR department who can understand human interactions and then we'll move on to AI?
Posted by: Sherese Smith6427   2019-05-23 21:42  

#3  Perhaps Amazon can help with a device to make me a mindreader:

"What's wrong, honey"
"Nothing"
"Hokay then, I'm going to the garage with a beer"
"If you loved me you'd know what's wrong"
"You said 'nothing', and I'm not gonna call you a liar"
*click*
Posted by: Frank G   2019-05-23 19:03  

#2  A timepiece to probe your emotions
And offer you coughdrops or potions!
The Future: No crying,
Just smiling and lying
And buying all Amazon's lotions.
Posted by: Clolurong B. Hayes4910   2019-05-23 18:28  

#1  Just what I need, a smart ass watch making comments about my wife's mood.

I can see it now......

"Did that thing just say I'm in a good mood?"

"But weren't you?"

"Weren't. What's it say now? What's it say? Better not say anything or I'm gonna peel it off your cold wrist and use it to negotiate better funeral charges. Better take that trash out, and take your time doing it."
Posted by: swksvolFF   2019-05-23 18:15  

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