Amazon is building a voice-activated wearable that & # 39; EMOTIONS & # 39; can read
- Amazon has begun beta testing of a new wearable that can detect the emotions of users
- It would determine the emotional state of a person just by the sound of their voice
- Using this data, the device worn on the wrist recommends products to buy on Amazon
- Amazon refused to comment on speculation that it is developing a wearable
Amazon already knows a lot about its users, thanks to the abundance of data collected from Alexa-equipped devices and the millions of purchases made on the e-commerce site.
But soon the AI of the tech giant could do more than predict that users will commute & # 39; in the morning or notify them when they run out of toilet paper.
Amazon is developing a voice-activated portable device that can recognize human emotions using different signals, Bloomberg reported.
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Soon the Amazon AI could do more than just predict that users would "commute" in the morning. The company is developing a voice-activated portable device that can read emotions
The device would be worn on a wrist and could be equipped with microphones and speech detection software with which it could interpret human emotions.
It would be able to determine the emotional state of a user just by the sound of his voice, and advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others, Bloomberg said.
Based on the emotions of a user, it can propose products or make more personalized recommendations.
The device is reportedly developed at Amazon as part of a secret project that is internally referred to as & # 39; Dylan. & # 39;
Amazon & # 39; s Lab126, which oversaw hardware projects such as the now-defunct Fire phone and the line-up of Echo devices, is working with the Alexa software team to build the wearable.
The technology giant declined to comment on the report in response to a question from Mail Online.
It is not yet clear how far Amazon is in the development of the device and it is possible that the wearable will never see the light of day.
Beta testing has begun on the device, but there are few details about the tests, such as whether they contain hardware tests, emotion detecting software, or both, according to Bloomberg.
Amazon & # 39; s Lab126, which oversaw hardware projects such as the now-defunct Fire phone and the Echo device line-up, is working with the Alexa software team to build the wearable
If it flourished, it would be intended as a health and wellness device that can be linked to a smartphone app.
The wearable could build on some of the features described in an Amazon patent filed in 2017.
The patent, made public last year, describes a system that analyzes patterns in speech or voice to determine how a user feels.
It could detect if they are bored or tired, as well as other emotions such as joy, anger, sadness and stress.
An image in the patent shows a woman interacting with what looks like an Amazon Echo when she detects that she has a cold due to abnormalities in her voice.
Alexa then proposes a recipe for chicken soup and offers to place an order for cough drops on Amazon.
& # 39; A cough or sniffing, or crying, may indicate that the user has a specific physical or emotional abnormality, & # 39 ;, explains the patent.
The switch to a wearable that detects emotions is because Amazon was confronted with increasing concerns about user privacy.
It is unclear whether consumers would welcome such a device to their home after Amazon itself has confirmed that some of its employees are listening to users' Alexa recordings.
WHY ARE PEOPLE INVOLVED ABOUT PRIVACY WITH AMAZON & ALEXA DEVICES?
Amazon devices are activated earlier when they are not wanted, which means that the devices might be able to listen.
Millions are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes for concerns that their conversations are being heard.
Amazon devices rely on microphones that listen to a keyword and that can be activated accidentally and without the owner's realization.
The camera on the £ 119.99 ($ 129) Echo Spot, which is also known as & # 39; smart alarm & # 39; is also likely to look directly at the user's bed.
The device has such advanced microphones that it can hear people on the other side of the room talking – even when music is playing.
Last month saw a hack by British security researcher Mark Barnes 2015 and 2016 versions of the Echo turned into a live microphone.
Fraudsters can then use this live audio feed to collect sensitive information from the device.
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