A team of specialists at MIT have developed a wearable emotion detector which is bound to help people suffering from Asperger’s or autism. The device is a smartwatch which has incorporated an app meant to indicate your interlocutor’s emotions. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology tries to help people reveal the sentiment contained in a speech.
The wearable app is capable of segmenting your discourse and collecting your speech data and physical information to examine the overall feelings regarding the whole story in real time. The app is apparently outfitted with artificial intelligence, being also capable of revealing whether there existed sad or happy parts which might have to characterize your speech act.
The wearable emotion detector is bound to monitor emotional changes even if they happen in an interval no longer than five seconds. To develop the survey and test the new device, researchers asked participants to wear the smartwatch Samsung Simband, having their new app installed. Then, they were asked to tell a story.
The wearable did not only track the emotions of the speaker’s interlocutor, but also the speaker himself/herself, analyzing the physical changes of the participants. Some of the symptoms monitored were movements such as waving, heart rate and skin temperature. Cumulatively, the neural networks managed to determine the tone of the speaker with an accuracy estimated at 83%.
Nevertheless, we are not aware whether the research was peer-reexamined. Usually, the artificial intelligent associated parts of speech which imply long pauses or monotonous vocal tones were characterized as indicating sadness. On the other hand, various speech patterns which alternated a lot were described as suggesting the speaker’s happiness.
The MIT team of researchers is bound to improve and update the device in such a way that the app will manage to label more complicated feelings and emotions. Tuka Alhanai, a graduate student part of the research team, stated that speakers could do an exercise and imagine how, at the end of a conversation, you will be able to rewind everything you have discussed, reanalyzing the moments when your interlocutor felt in a particular way around you.
The device will not only be helpful for those with autism or Asperger’s but also for people who suffer from anxiety. Their product represents the first step towards helping people in need, like those suffering from Asperger’s or autism.
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