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Amazon working on wearable device to sense human emotions

Amazon is reported to be developing a voice-enabled wearable gadget that can recognise human emotions. If the company is successful in manufacturing it then it could help it in improving its target advertisements. Besides this, it can also make improved and refined product recommendations and advise human beings on how to be nicer to each other while interacting.

A few internal papers have revealed some details about the upcoming product. The device can be worn on the wrist, so its appearance could resemble that of Apple Watch or a Fitbit. It is being produced by a collaboration of Amazon and Lab126, a firm which was responsible for making other Amazon products such as Kindle, Fire mobile phone and the smart speaker Echo.

As per Bloomberg, the device will be working in sync with a smartphone application and will come with microphones paired with software which can determine the emotional condition of the customer from his or her sound. It is not yet confirmed if Amazon has future plans to make the device available for mass consumption. However, it is clear that the company is working on a large ecosystem of electronic devices with inbuilt speech recognition facility.

Amazon has come a long way from a simple online company selling books, founded in a garage to a major e-commerce company and a cloud services giant. It is also the first company to reach a valuation of one trillion dollars. It recently launched a chain of automated convenience stores, Amazon Go. It enables the customers to make purchases without going through the regular checkout by a cashier. Till now it has been launched in 11 locations across the United States. Amazon plans to launch further stores depending on the functioning of the current stores.

Apart from the wearable device, it is also reported to be working on a humanoid robot “Vesta”. Named after the goddess of the home, family in Roman mythology, this robot could be able to perform cleaning operations, set up alarms. It will be equipped with highly developed cameras, computer vision software and move around homes like a self-driving vehicle. Amazon is also planning to compete with Apple’s AirPods by developing its own earphones powered by Alexa.

Although it sounds futuristic, devices capable of monitoring emotions is not improbable. As per the research company Gartner, within 2022, almost 10% of devices will have AI abilities to detect emotions either through the device or with the help of cloud technology.

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Read: Scientists announce the possibility of wearable technology to monitor brains

 

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Scientists announce the possibility of wearable technology to monitor brains

The start of the 21st century has embarked the age of rapid and tremendous technological revolution in every sector of life. We are surrounded by wide scale applications of technology and smart devices which assist us in every moment of our life. The growth of smart devices and wearable technology has completely changed the devices we use in our life. This is also possible due to successfully being able to reduce the size of the devices without compromising on the functionality of the device.

A recent development in wearable technology is the introduction of devices called “Hearables”, which possess the technology required to communicate with neural signals which pass through the ear in order to monitor and interact with our brain.  Such devices are being developed and will act as smart hearing aids and monitor our brain activity to cure tinnitus. Such devices will be embedded with artificial intelligence and also with biological intelligence. Both these technologies can be collaborated for augmenting our thought process and collaborating with our brains. The Stanford University neuroscientist and chief scientist at Dolby Laboratories, Dr Poppy Crum has stated that the ear is like the biological equivalent of a USB Port. The ear is a gateway for reading and writing in our brain. It is the area where we are able to read the stimulus which is being transmitted to our brain and also while listening to our favourite music; the brain is writing information to the brain. He has recently written about this in the IEEE Spectrum.

Other wearable devices like Google Glasses have been ridiculed for being creepy and dorky characteristics, however, the hearable are well embedded inside the ear and cannot be visible from outside.

Crum predicts that brain-computer interface is going to be the next big thing and brain-computer wearable interface devices could be made possible in the next 5 years. He has said that these kinds of wearable devices will constantly and silently assess and anticipate our needs, our state of mind and help us cope with the world around us.

Crum also added that soon they might be our true life partners. The key aspect of this wearable is Plug and Play and Surround sound features which are very important in generating refinement to the device. Wearable technology is the next big thing in the 21st century and has huge potential as well as a huge market base in support of this technology.

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