If you’ve ever wished for a computer that can understand you emotionally, then EmoSPARK may just be the answer. The cube-shaped “artificial intelligence console” uses face-tracking and language analysis to assess your emotions and deliver relevant content that is best suited to the situation.
The 90 x 90 x 90mm cube, which was created by inventor Patrick Levy Rosenthal, is able to assess multiple people’s emotions at the same time, information which it uses to create an Emotional Profile Graph (EPG). “While the technology behind face-tracking is well established, what we’ve done differently is use it to track and process different emotions,” Rosenthal told Gizmag.
Apart from in-person conversations, you can also talk to the cube by typing or talking on a smartphone, tablet or computer. These interactions will allow the cube to get to know you and your preferences based on eight basic human emotions: joy, sadness, trust, disgust, fear, anger, surprise and anticipation.
Initially, the cube will try and build a relationship with song, video, and content recommendations from sites such as Facebook and YouTube. As you continue to communicate with the cube however, it will develop more sophisticated responses, and learn the best ways to comfort you, or alter your mood.
“As the role of machines in society and the workforce continues to grow, it is important that humans and machines can connect on an emotional level,” said Rosenthal. “It is about trying to show how this technology can be used to improve lives and trying to change the future while we can.”
If you’ve got three minutes to spare, take a look at the video below. You could also check out EmoSPARK’s Indiegogo campaign which is trying to raise money for the cube’s production.