The wrist-worn gadget was first mentioned by Bloomberg and is described in internal documents reviewed by the media as a health and wellness product. It is a partnership between Lab126, behind Amazon’s Fire phone and Echo smart speaker hardware development group and the Alexa voice software, team.
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Designed to work with a smartphone app, the wrist-worn device is. It has microphones paired with software which, according to the documents and a person familiar with the program, can discern the wearer’s emotional state from the sound of his / her voice. The technology could eventually advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others, the documents show, “reports Bloomberg.
Amazon did not provide any details about the project’s progress, or whether it will be commercially available. The online retail giant code-named the project ‘Dylan.’ The project is ongoing and a beta test is underway, according to documents and Bloomberg’s source.
The concept of creating computers capable of recognizing human emotions first appeared in science fiction and Star Trek novels. Picture and voice recognition is now a reality with the development of artificial intelligence. Big tech firms such as Apple, IBM and Google are creating technologies that can extract people’s emotional states from audio data, images and other information. Amazon has publicly said it wants to build a more lifelike voice assistant.
While this device may be Amazon’s first wearable device, if it succeeds in tracking human emotions, it could roll out to other Amazon products, particularly those that rely on microphones. Then again, wearable Amazon may never see the light of day. The firm experiments regularly with new products.