In a week of eyebrow headlines around the US-China trade dispute, this latest report from Bloomberg still stands out: it is said that Amazon is working on an activated wrist device that is supposed to that is able to read human emotions. This would be a fairly novel health and wellness device, the kind we are more used to seeing in tenuous crowdfunding campaigns rather than one of the largest technology companies in the world.
Bloomberg has spoken with a source and revised Amazon internal documents, which reportedly show that Alexa's voice software team and Amazon's Lab126 hardware division are collaborating on wearable development. The wearable, which works in collaboration with a smartphone application, has microphones that can "discern the user's emotional state from the sound of their voice," according to Bloomberg . "Over time, the technology could advise the user how to interact more effectively with others."
Lab126 has already been responsible for the Kindle, the Fire Phone, and the Echo speaker who introduced Alexa to the world for the first time, and a report on Last year he suggested that the group is also developing a domestic robot. The thread running through all of Amazon's hardware efforts at this moment is to build an ecosystem of Alexa-enabled devices, with the robot that is rumored to make Alexa more mobile and the supposed sensory capacity of emotion given to the assistant voice access to a new user dimension
The notion of a gadget that can feel emotions is not too exaggerated, since there are a number of measurable biomarkers that can suggest states like agitation. However, achieving an accurate, or at least generally reliable, image of a person's emotional state seems to be a highly ambitious task. This is definitely one of those things that has not yet been done because it is very difficult to do. Today's report concludes by saying that it is not immediately obvious how advanced the Amazon project is or whether it will result in any type of commercial product. Therefore, we should probably control our emotions for now.