After ‘Heart-rate’ and ‘pulse’ Wearables, its time for Emotion-Sensing

By | August 24, 2015

Wearable technology is blooming higher and higher with its amazing innovating techno products. Earlier wearables were manufactured to study heart-rate, pulse and calorie intake but in future, wearable technology would be tapping into the emotion-sensing and would also take us into a particular human emotions. As soon as the data is shared all-over the network, the Emotional Internet will arise.

The emotion-sensing concept is not a theoretical but researchers have been putting their efforts to compute and validate human emotion into a machine-readable language. The emotion-measurement technology firm, Affectiva has possessed more than a billion frames of instinctive facial expressions by using the data to improvise the technology which can identify various types of emotions.

Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment (VIBE) initiated by Microsoft is designed to reconnoiter human-computer interaction. It also has a Prototype Scarf that comprises sensors to spot the wearer’s mood and also with the help of Bluetooth, it can detect the mood of others as well. The other company, Spire produces a small stone-shaped sensor that can be clipped to a bra strap or belt which enables to take up on your stress levels.

All of these Research and development are the element of an evolving field of effective computing that scrutinizes various ways to make sensors and computers that can identify and retorts to human emotions. Researchers are trying to stockpile databases of emotions, speech pattern, facial expressions, body gestures and physiological reactions to train the computers to identify these emotions and interact with them.

There have been plenty of apps which claims to detect the emotions like ‘Happy’, ‘Sad’ or ‘Angry’ but failed to draw these emotions on an absolute standard. The biggest challenge would be to entrench a standard for what exactly means by Absolute happy, sad or angry; once these emotions are established, it is feasible to validate and quantify this information into the computer and produce devices that can precisely converse with emotions.

Just imagine Wearables that can identify the moods and emotions and how you feel when you are occupied with certain activities’ – for instance, social media has become the nerve of the people and everybody is a part of this virtual life platform, where people expresses their feelings and emotions via status or sharing some other posts which relates their situation similarly. But this is not so far. With this new wearable technology, people will start to share their precise emotions and feelings with others on the internet.

Emotion-sensing wearable technology will take this to a next level. If we try to understand our psychological state in a better way, we can learn to improve our emotional states and our relationships with other people in various ways. Two artists in Carnegie Mellon University use a heart-rate monitor that connects to Bluetooth to compute their response to people near them.

Emotion-sensing Wearable Technology identifies the patterns in your body’s response to someone, allows you to know, if he/she makes you anxious, angry or excited. This wearable will also analyse the relationship whether it is healthy or unhealthy by tracking a specific person on the basis of how they makes you feel.

We are much more closer to the technology than we assume to be. New tech products excite us and makes us think that if I had this technology, I would be happier and it’s totally understandable. Emotion-sensing wearable technology reads and interprets emotion information. It also adds up human emotions and to share this information with one another to find out wider implications about this technology.

We build a strong set of ethical guidelines for gathering and using such personal data sets, we’ll be tapping into that Emotional Internet and leveraging its power to profoundly change our lives for the better, individually and collectively.