Panasonic’s emotion sensing technology adds “emotional intelligence” to artificial intelligence.
Emotion sensing technology is a non-invasive innovation that can ascertain an individual's emotional state by analyzing facial and biometric parameters. The Panasonic concept system is composed of four unique sensors. Here’s how it works. First, a video camera analyzes an individual’s facial expression and level of concentration by focusing on facial and eye movements. Second, a thermal camera measures the person’s heat radiation. At the same time, a pressure sensor detects tiny body movements and finally an odor sensor captures molecules associated with stress and sweating. Considering all of these biometric parameters, the system extrapolates emotional states, such as relaxation or stress.
This technology can ultimately guide appliances, devices and systems in a smart home or smart car to make recommendations to foster wellbeing.
Making smart home and smart office smarter
Research has shown that when people become aware of their heightened emotional state, they tend to rethink decisions. This can affect everything from food choices, exercise and sleep schedules to shopping and work decisions. Paired with smart home and office technology, emotion sensing could adjust lighting or air conditioning to generate relaxation or better concentration, and help a person achieve their best performance.
Providing safer and more comfortable driving
Integrated into a smart car’s computer systems, this technology could help prevent drowsy driving by detecting early signs of drowsiness based on a driver’s facial expressions and eye blinks. The system can also sense irritation, and in the future, could help frustrated drivers chill out with a smart vehicle device that turns on soothing music or triggers other calming features.