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Amazon is developing a new wearable
« on: May 24, 2019, 05:53:11 AM »

According to internal documents scanned by Bloomberg, Amazon is working on a voice-activated wrist-worn wearable with a special feature; it will be able to read human emotions. The device will work with a smartphone app and is equipped with microphones. The sound of the user's voice will go through software to determine what kind of emotional state he or she is in.

The project has a code name of Dylan, and the device could offer the wearer some suggestions on how best to communicate with other people depending on the emotions that he or she is feeling at the moment. This information could be used for targeted ads or to help recommend certain health products. In fact, the documents reviewed by Bloomberg call the device a health and wellness product.

Amazon had filed a patent application in 2017 for a method that uses software to determine if a person is feeling "joy, anger, sorrow, sadness, fear, disgust, boredom, stress or other emotional states." This would be done by having the software analyze his or her vocal patterns. Besides using this knowledge to target ads or recommend health products, it could be used to match the response of a virtual assistant (like Alexa) to the emotions of the user who made a request. An illustration that accompanied the patent application shows a woman with the sniffles telling Alexa that she is hungry. The virtual assistant realizes from the sniffles that she has a cold, and ask the woman if she would like a recipe for chicken soup.

A second patent filed by Amazon contains technology that will be used on the wearable, based on Bloomberg's review of the documents. This patent is for a system that will be able to differentiate between the device wearer's voice and background noise.


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