New Wearable Technology Can Tell Tone Of A Conversation

There are smartwatches, other smart wearables and now an artificially intelligent wearable that is so smart it can tell how a conversation is going.

The intelligent wearable system can predict if a conversation is happy, sad or neutral, based on a person’s speech patterns and vitals.

The wearable AI system was introduced this week by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Institute of Medical Engineering and Science.

As the wearer of the wrist device tells a story, the system analyzes audio, text transcriptions and physiological signals to determine the overall tone of the story with 83% accuracy, according to the researchers.

As part of the research, subjects wore a Samsung Simband, a device that can measure movement, blood pressure, heart rate, blood flow and temperature, along with audio data and text transcripts to analyze the speaker’s tone, pitch, energy and vocabulary.

After capturing more than 30 difference conversations, the team created algorithms based on the data.

Long pauses and monotonous vocal tones were associated with sadder stories and more energetic, varied speech patterns were associated with happier stories, according to MIT. Sadder stories were also strongly associated with increased fidgeting and cardiovascular activity, which also were being measured.

The researchers concluded that it is possible to classify the emotional tone of conversations in real time.

Next on the agenda is to is to collect such data on a larger scale, perhaps by using commercial devices like the Apple Watch, which would allow the implementation of the system in a real-world environment.

More capabilities have continually been included into smartwatches and fitness trackers, as I wrote about here just yesterday (Wearable, Smartwatch Capabilities Converging).

Various features have been migrating from one wearable to another.

Voice interaction already is becoming core to the Internet of Things. Wearables soon may be deciphering the actual tone of those voices.

6 comments about "New Wearable Technology Can Tell Tone Of A Conversation".
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  1. Jonathan Hutter from Northern Light Health, February 3, 2017 at 10:52 a.m.

    Will these conversation monitors be able to tell when I'm pissed off and yelling at it because it did something wrong? Siri just hangs up on me. 

  2. Chuck Martin from Chuck Martin replied, February 3, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.

    That feature may be quite a bit down the road, Jonathan.

  3. John Grono from GAP Research, February 3, 2017 at 5:54 p.m.

    I wonder what it would make of this conversation ... "what male bovine excrement!"?

  4. Chuck Martin from Chuck Martin replied, February 3, 2017 at 6:11 p.m.

    The system seems to require more sentences, John (not that I'm suggesting that).

  5. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , February 3, 2017 at 6:59 p.m.

    So if someone is conversating with me and they need this gadget to get through the conversation, my built-in "STUPID METER" will go off the charts.   Us guys could proabably use this to interpret the mood of women, because we are clueless!!

  6. Chuck Martin from Chuck Martin replied, February 4, 2017 at 10:33 a.m.

    The actual application of this technology is yet to be determined, Mark, though th next phase is to go into real-world testing.

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