Amazon is currently developing a voice-activated wearable device that can recognize human emotions. However, the wrist-worn device is defined as a health & wellness product. It is integration among Lab126 behind Amazon’s Fire phone and Smart speakers, as well as the Alexa voice software team.
The gadget is designed to work with a smartphone app. However, the device has microphones pair with software which can recognize human emotions from his voice. However, this technology will able to recommend the wearer how to communicate more efficiently with others, according to the report.
It is not clear how far the project is, or if it would become a commercial device. However, the company offers the team’s huge latitude to experiment products, some of which will not come to the market.
A beta testing program is ongoing, the company said. However, it is unclear whether the trial contains the emotion-detecting software, prototype hardware or both.
An idea of building machines that can recognize human emotions has long been a necessity of science fiction. Among advances in machine learning and image and voice recognition, the concept has filed toward reality.
However, companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s, IBM Corp., and Microsoft Corp are developing technologies to recognize emotions. It includes audio, images, and other commands. The company has discussed publicity its wish to build a more realistic voice assistant.
The technology can aid the company to improve insights for health products and product recommendations. This concept is likely to increase the debate of type and amount of personal data raise up by tech giants.
Amazon’s work on a wearable device highlights its desire to become a top maker of voice recognition software. However, the Echo smart speaker and embedded Alexa voice software have gain popularity in recent years. Amazon has also added voice control for television and tablets.