What Empathic Smartphones And Smart Cameras Tell Us About Ourselves
The world is taking its first steps to emulating a Philip K. Dick novel. Reality is shifting, virtual is becoming more than real, and our smartphones are starting to remember us...or at least what we feel.
Xpression, a new app reported by New Scientist magazine, is an invention by EI Technologies founders Matt Dobson and Duncan Barclay has the distinction of being the first attempt at an app that really listens to you. In fact, its purpose is to read your various moods, mood swings, happiness and sad-time moments. Once the info is compiled, it’s e-mailed to your analyst. Now, there are plenty of apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play that purport to read your moods with a special set of colors and other business (Android’s silly mood scanner comes to mind), but this one’s being taken seriously because you’ve got some scientific minds behind it.
Do we really need our smartphones climbing inside our minds and taking up residence? And if indeed the app will be supported through Android devices does that mean your camera’s going to get involved? It might.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera has a sleek design, and it’s a camera that kind of wants to be a smartphone without the telephone capabilities, and presumably, at some point, it might be able to read your emotions and feel what you feel. It could record your feelings at the moment a photo is digitally sealed, so to speak.
What’s more, with our burgeoning exposure to mood-sensing apps and cameras that can instantly spin your narrative to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, we’re forming a very real symbiotic relationship with our gadgets.
It’s a technological relationship worth exploring, even if it's just a camera.