Microsoft Patents “Emotion Detecting Eyeglasses”
Artificial Intelligence is coming everywhere. There was a time when big companies were working day and night to automate procedures. It was the age of rise of automation. Now it’s intelligence. Companies are working to make our systems as well as our devices intelligent, and the new device to be made intelligent by Microsoft is eyeglass.
Microsoft has been awarded a patent for internet-connected, see-through eyeglasses by US. How are these eyeglasses intelligent? They can detect and interpret the emotions of people who are in their field of vision.
The patent titled “a wearable emotion detection feedback system” was filed by Microsoft in October 2012. The patent describes a wearable which has sensors including depth cameras and a microphone mounted on the nose bridge. These sensors sense audio and visual information from a subject. This information is sent to the Microsoft servers which detect the emotions of the subject and the result is sent back to the wearer in the device.
The filing, however, does not mention its uses. One use of such a device could be on borders to check immigrants. It would be used for interrogation and while the question answer session, the interrogator may use the device to read the emotions of the subject. If the subject is getting nervous and looks suspicious, a thorough review of his or her contents would be required.
Similarly, it could also be used to read emotions of children in school to give them personalized attention if required.
We are not sure whether we would ever get to see such a device from Microsoft or not. A spokeswoman said: “Microsoft regularly applies for and receives patents as part of its business practice; not all patents applied for or received will be incorporated into a Microsoft product.”