Saturday 13 September 2014

Tune Your Emotions with Google Glass

Google Glass
Javier Hernandez, the project’s leader stated that just by using the headset's built-in gyroscope, camera and accelerometer, Glass will be able to measure some of vital signs of the body which includes respiration and pulse. Google glass has been designed to pick the head motion which is caused due to the beating heart and also teases out the increase and decrease in breath from various other body movements.

Hernandez's algorithms along with some other data’s are focused on giving the wearer a door towards their emotional side. This is part of the new technology, SenseGlass, which has been designed to make the wearer get more informed about the mental well being.

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This latest work shows how advanced we have got in terms of affective computing. These computing technologies aim at measuring, responding, and also influencing our emotions. Rosalind Picard who has been working alongside Hernandez considers the Google glass a very powerful tool which can make computer more emotionally tuned.

Picard says that it is always a challenge when you want a computer understand the level of your stress and at the same time not add more to it. It is hard to get the technology right and even get it tested in the right conditions. What makes it worthwhile is the fact that one can have this even in their sunglasses.

Even though it might sound very powerful for someone to see their heart rate flashing before them, the context is more important than the biological data. The Glass camera is used to records this data and later on analysis can be carried out by comparing it with biological information. There are apps existing that will be able to use Glass for checking emotions. Example Emotient (start up firm) wants to use glass to let retailers know your feelings.

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According to Hernandez, SenseGlass is very different technology; its goal is to help the wearer take control of their emotions. Through this one will be able to avoid getting into depression. You will be able to take picture based on your need, say if you want to check how your heart reacts to certain situation or stimulus. It’s all about helping you to reflect your daily life but in a very meaningful way.

According to Jim Rehg, Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, people having problem in expressing their emotions like people with Autism. Jim Rehg has co-authored a paper on this new system which is expected to be presented at the MobiHealth conference in Athens, this November. Jim stated that this new technology can be used by many caregivers as they will be able to better understand the emotions of the person affected and take care of them.

According to Julien Pender, the technology and the system have tremendous potential now as there are difficulties in monitoring emotions in real time. Not only have they been able to get the context and the physiological data on a single platform not only for sensing but also to send feedbacks. This is a very unique system.

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