Amazon’s Rumored Wearable Device Reads Your Emotions by Listening to Your Voice

Amazon already brings joy to the millions of people who receive its packages, but now it wants to know how you’re feeling during the other 1,400 minutes in your day. Bloomberg reports that Amazon is developing a new wearable device that can discern the wearer’s emotional state from the sound of his or her voice.
Bloomberg describes the device as a wrist-worn gadget marketed as a health and wellness product. It reportedly has “microphones paired with software” and “could be able to advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others.” The device is being developed by the same teams responsible for the Echo speakers and Alexa voice recognition, Bloomberg says. The same group is is also reportedly working on a home robot companion with “advanced cameras and computer vision software and can navigate through homes like a self-driving car.”
It might sound far-fetched, but consider that Amazon filed for a 2017 patent that analyzes vocal patterns to discern among various emotions and mental states, including “joy, anger, sorrow, sadness, fear, disgust, boredom, stress, or other emotional states.” The patent specifically describes the ability to detect ailments such as PTSD, isolation, and depression based on call and text frequency and audio cues.

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