Amazon is working to create a device that can parse intonations of the voice, understanding the emotions of its owner and his well-being.
Able to interact with a mobile application, the device will be equipped with software that can distinguish the emotional state of the owner by the sound of his voice. There are no technical details yet, and there cannot be. The source of the report was "certain internal documents" obtained by Bloomberg, which describe the gadget as a health and wellness product.
It is still unknown whether this device will leave the prototype stage, whether Amazon commercialize the gadget. The company's various research teams enjoy a great deal of autonomy in product experimentation. But not always their results lead to the emergence of a new product on the market.
However, in this case, it is reported that the development team of Lab126, which has already created Kindle, Fire Phone, Echo speaker, as well as software for personal assistant Alexa, is working on the device. So in this case, a speaker capable of recognizing emotions may well go on sale.
The idea of devices capable of recognizing human emotions has been repeatedly played up in science fiction. And now, against the background of the latest advances in machine learning, this concept can become a reality. Companies such as Microsoft, Google, IBM and many other, less well-known companies are actively working in this direction.