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Emotion-Anticipating Systems

This Device System Anticipates Heated Disagreements Between Couples

— May 10, 2017 — Tech
There a a handful of wearable device systems that are capable of providing insights into one's emotional state, but a system that is being developed by USC Dornsife and USC Viterbi specifically measures matters of the heart.

The mobile sensing system has the potential to "give couples the power to anticipate each other’s emotional states and adapt behavior." Ultimately, the system aims to provide ways for people to de-escalate or avoid heated situations, simply by taking notice of the cues that the body gives off.

As it stands, the researchers are working on an algorithm that will be able to analyze data from a variety of sources, including wearables, smartphones and physiological signals. With this information, the team of researchers hopes to be able to implement a system that will be useful for reducing conflict. As the project describes: "What if technology could automatically send you a notification advising you to do a short meditation module to restore your mental state?"
Trend Themes
1. Emotion-anticipating Systems - Opportunity for developing wearable device systems that anticipate and adapt to emotional states.
2. Mobile Sensing System - Opportunity to create algorithms that analyze data from wearables, smartphones, and physiological signals to reduce conflict and improve relationships.
3. Emotional State Awareness - Opportunity to develop technology that sends notifications and suggests interventions to restore mental states and de-escalate heated situations.
Industry Implications
1. Wearable Technology - Development of wearable devices and algorithms to provide insights into emotional states and improve interpersonal relationships.
2. Data Analysis - Opportunity for businesses to analyze data from wearables and other sources to understand emotional patterns and develop intervention strategies.
3. Mental Health & Wellness - Integration of technology in the mental health field to provide tools and interventions for managing emotional states and conflict resolution.
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