Amazon is developing a voice-voice wearable device that can recognize human emotions.
The wrist dress is described as a health and well being product in internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg. Our collaboration between Lab126, the hardware development group behind Amazon's fire phone and Echo smart speaker, and the Alexa voice software team. With its design to work with a smartphone app, the device has microphones paired with software that can discern the wearer's emotional state of the sound of his voice, according to the documents and person familiar with the program.
Ultimately, the technology could advise the wearer how to interact more effectively with others, the documents show.
It is not clear how far along the project is, or will never be a commercial device. Amazon gives teams wide freedom to experiment with products, and some of them will never come to the market. Work on the project, Dylan-code, continued recently, according to the documents and person, who requested anonymity to discuss an internal issue. A beta testing program is underway, this person said, although it is not clear whether the trial contains prototype hardware, the software detects emotions or both.
Amazon refused to comment.
The idea of building machines that can understand human emotions has been one of the main science fiction stories since Isaac Asimov's stories to Star Trek's android data. In the context of advances in machine learning and voice and image recognition, the concept has recently marched towards reality. Companies including Google, Google Alphabet and IBM, among many other companies, are developing technologies designed to get emotional states of images, audio data and other inputs. Amazon has publicly discussed its desire to build a more troubled voice assistant.
The technology could help the company gain insight into potential health products or use it to better target advertising or product recommendations. The concept is likely to add fuel to the debate about the amount and type of personal data captured by technology giants, who already collect information about their customers. Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that Amazon had a team that listened and annotated audio clips recorded by an Echo line of speakers with the voice of the company voice.
A patent in the United States filed in 2017 describes a system where voice software uses analysis of vocal patterns to determine how a user feels, cognitively “joy, anger, sadness, sadness, fear, boredom, boredom, stress, or other emotional conditions ". The patent, publicly announced last year, suggests that Amazon could use information about user emotions to recommend products or otherwise tailor responses.
A diagram in the patent filing says that the technology can detect an unusual emotional state and show a riotous woman saying that Alexa is hungry. The digital assistant, who collects a cold, asks the woman who would like a recipe for chicken soup.
A second patent awarded to Amazon mentions a system that uses techniques to differentiate between the wearer's speech from background sounds. Amazon's documents have been reviewed by Bloomberg saying the wearable device will take advantage of technology of this type.
Amazon is working on a wearable device that underlines its ambitions of becoming the leading manufacturer of innovative speech recognition software and consumer electronics. Echo's clever speaker line and Alexa voice software has been popularized with the use of home voice commands. The company has also added voice control to Fire branded video streaming devices for TV, as well as tablets.
But Amazon's efforts to create smartphone software to compete with Apple or Google have failed. So the company tries to make Alexa ubiquitous in other ways. Bloomberg reported earlier this year that Amazon is developing wireless earrings, similar to Apple AirPods, which are expected to include Alexa voice software. The company has started distributing Echo Auto, speaker and microphone variety on the dashboard designed to pair with smartphone, and says it has received 1 million advance orders.
Amazon has also been working on a domestic robot, Bloomberg reported last year. Having codified “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the household, the home and the family, the bot could be a kind of Alexa mobile, according to people who are familiar with & # 39 project. The robot's prototypes can navigate through homes like a self-drive car.
Automatons for the home are of interest to a wide variety of companies, such as Ford Motor Company, which announced this android week distributed bipedal of the digit name with arms that can carry loads of 40 pounds.