Microsoft Testing a Smartphone that can Read Your Mood

If you thought Samsung’s gesture features on the Galaxy S4 pushed the smartphone revolution to a whole new level, wait till Microsoft unveils a smartphone that they promise will be able to read your mood, if what they are currently working on actually materializes.

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Techworld Australia came across a research paper that was written by Microsoft Research in Asia that revealed that the company has already experimented with ‘mood sensors’ on the smartphone that actually detected how you are feeling and can automatically update your ‘feelings’ alongside your statuses on social media.  The new technology, dubbed ‘MoodScope, is set to be the next big thing in the smartphone revolution but when it will come to the end user is still a mystery.

The MoodScope Sensors work by measuring the mental state of the user then classifies them as happy, bored, upset, tense, excited, calm or stressed.  The researchers cited this feature as revolutionary unlike the current advanced sensors which only measure light and acceleration.  This new feature, the paper states, allows users to share their moods automatically and improves their interactivity and communication capability.

The report says that Microsoft has built a prototype smartphone which can currently infer the user’s mood to an accuracy average of about 66 percent.  The mood detection accuracy study carried out with 32 participants increased the accuracy level to an impressive 95% after a 2 month training of the smartphone.

What else is this technology good for besides informing all your Facebook friends how your morning is?  Well, the study says that the MoodScope can also read the user’s mood and recommend or play music to match it and the phone will have a tool that can automatically search for and recommend movies from Netflix and other services based on the mood reading.  The system will learn he user’s building preferences based on previous music and movies selection to search for content most suitable for the particular moment.

Sources: Microsoft via Techworld Australia and Tech Investor News