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RIM Applies for Emotion Detecting Messaging Patent

by Mark Hearn | July 19, 2012July 19, 2012 10:00 am PST

Have you ever had an emotionally fueled texting session where you wish that you could detail your feelings in your messages? If so, a recent patent filing from RIM may someday be meeting this need.

RIM’s patent application details a device equipped with a bevy of sensors that measure its user’s blood pressure, heart rate, facial expressions and even muscle control. The system would use collected data to display its user’s emotions through a unique font. For example, if you’re upset, text may increase in size and change its color to red.

To be honest, we can see this tech causing a lot of confusion. We’ve seen people get upset when a message is accidentally sent in all caps. We can only imagine what would happen if this system misreads its user’s feelings. If RIM decides to put the technology to use, hopefully this feature will come with an off switch. If not, we’re likely to see a lot of BlackBerry owners texting the words “I’m sorry” in the not so distant future.

[via: Engadget, USPTO]


Mark Hearn

Mark Hearn is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. Covering the mobile scene for several years, he also has a love for film, sports, gaming...

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