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Amazon is Preparing a Wearable That Reads Human Emotions

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In a week of eyebrow-raising headlines surrounding the United States-China trade spat, this latest report from Bloomberg still manages to stand out: Amazon is said to be working on a wrist-worn, voice-activated device that’s supposed to be able to read human emotions. This would be a gift to the modern world.

Bloomberg has spoken to a source and reviewed internal Amazon documents, which reportedly show the Alexa voice software team and Amazon’s Lab126 hardware division are collaborating on the wearable in development. The device, working in sync with a smartphone app, is said to have microphones that can “discern the wearer’s emotional state from the sound of his or her voice.” In a mildly dystopian twist, Bloomberg adds that “eventually the technology could be able to advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others.

Lab126 has already been responsible for the Kindle, the Fire Phone, and the Echo speaker that first introduced Alexa to the world, and a report last year suggested the group is also working to develop a home robot. The unifying thread to all of Amazon’s hardware efforts right now is to build out an ecosystem of Alexa-capable devices for example:- Amazon Echo devices, etc. Amazon is putting a great effort in making Alexa more mobile and the alleged emotion-sensing wearable giving the voice assistant access to a whole new dimension of user awareness.

The idea of a gadget that can sense emotions isn’t too far-fetched, as there are a number of measurable biomarkers that can suggest states like anxiety. Research into all the information contained in the way people speak also supports Amazon’s case for an emotionally sensitive device. Achieving an accurate, or at least generally reliable, picture of a person’s emotional state, however, still seems like a hugely ambitious undertaking.

This is definitely one of those things that haven’t yet been done because of how hard it is to do. Today’s report does conclude by saying that it’s not immediately obvious how far along Amazon’s project is or whether it’ll result in any sort of commercial product. So we should probably keep our emotions in check for now.

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Shubrat is currently pursuing his studies and he loves writing articles in his free time. He is also learning the Japanese language for a while now because he has always been passionate about foreign languages.

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