Amazon’s next miracle device? Something that can read your emotions!
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Amazon’s next miracle device? Something that can read your emotions!

The world of science fiction blockbusters is getting closer to fruition, with ecommerce giant Amazon’s next big brainwave: a device that can read human emotions. In space operas and dystopian future thrillers alike, this kind of tech is ubiquitous… in the real world, it’s unprecedented. The company has described the device in question as wearable and voice activated, and internal documents place in the health and wellness category.

Amazon’s share price has risen by 20% year to date

Amazon June 3

Source: Yahoo Finance

Amazon’s new wrist-worn gadget is a collaborative project with Lab126, the hardware specialist behind Amazon’s Fire phone and Echo smart speaker, and the software specialists that brought us Alexa. It will work with a smartphone app, and comes with microphones that can intuit its user’s emotional state from the sound of his or her voice. Allegedly, the device could help its wearer interact more effectively with others.

Going by the codename Dylan, it’s unclear how far along the project is… or whether it will ever even come to market. Amazon gives its teams broad windows in which to bring the magic, and an anonymous source was unable to give further details. The company itself declined to comment.

A diagram from Amazon’s patent filing

Amazon Patent

Source: US Patent Office

Amazon’s patent, filed in 2017, describes a voice software system that analyses users’ vocal patterns to discern “joy, anger, sorrow, sadness, fear, disgust, boredom, stress, or other emotional states.” It was made public last year, and suggests that Amazon could use data about customer’s emotions harvested by this new device to recommend certain products or services.

This latest development is an incredible one, but it’s just part of a futuristic portfolio of possibilities that the company is working on, including a domestic robot.

Disclosure

Dominion holds Amazon in its Global Trends Ecommerce Fund.


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