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Intel Developing Tech That Senses Your Mood

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If kids as young as four can sense when you're being sarcastic, surely a gadget that can measure the distance from work to the nearest bar can detect when to give you a recommendation on a label. Well, soon our smartphones and television sets may reflect not only user-based settings but also our moods.

This week, Intel's chief technology officer Justin Rattner spoke at the company's annual Develop Forum in San Francisco and asked the attendees why current technology doesn't do this already. "How can we change the relationship so we think of these devices not as devices but as assistants or even companions?" he asked.

To Rattner, the components are already there. GPS to detect your location, microphones to measure stress levels, cameras to note facial expressions, and heart and body monitors to sense any internal biorhythms. Put all those numbers on a graph and you might have a very basic representation of your current mood. Pair that emotional state to a phone setting, and you've got yourself a very handy gadget.

"Imagine a device that uses a variety of sensory modalities to determine what you are doing at an instant, from being asleep in your bed to being out for a run with a friend," Rattner said. "Future devices will constantly learn about who you are, how you live, work and play."

Stressed? Here are some sounds of the ocean and the location of the nearest masseuse. Out and about? Allow me to fire up Google Latitude to see what you're friends are up to. Lonely? Maybe this clip of Sofía Vergara will help.

Rattner also showed off a television remote that detects which member of the household is holding it, allowing for the viewer's TV preferences to load on the screen. According to the International Business Times, Intel needs more innovative products like this to hope to compete with ARM Holdings in working with companies like Apple, Research in Motion, Nvidia, Marvell, and Qualcomm.

When these services will actually be implemented is still anyone's guess. But it'll be a nice few years before the gadgets learn how to use it to their advantage.
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