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Method for mood inferring software and hardware that displays visually through photo frames

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099072D
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-10
Document File: 5 page(s) / 380K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for mood inferring software and hardware that displays visually through photo frames. Benefits include improved functionality and improved usability.

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Method for mood inferring software and hardware that displays visually through photo frames

Disclosed is a method for mood inferring software and hardware that displays visually through photo frames. Benefits include improved functionality and improved usability.

Background

              The conventional method for indicating emotion in computer-based text is the use of smiling face, frowning face, or angry face icons that the author chooses and includes in a document. This procedure adds key strokes and can mask the true feelings of the author if he/she chooses to do so.

General description

              The disclosed method provides an additional dimension to email and text messages. The method uses hardware and software algorithms to infer the author’s emotions. The message or document is displayed with a cover overly, similar to the appearance of looking through colored glass over a photo in a frame.

Advantages

              The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•             Improved functionality due to providing sensing much like with face-to-face human conversations to email and text messages

•             Improved usability due to making computer-text communication more multi-dimensional and emotional  

Detailed description

              The disclosed method includes sensors and software that monitor human activities while electronic documents, such as email, text messaging, or other electronic documents, are composed. When the author’s mood is inferred, a message is passed to the receiving PC. The message or document is displayed with a cover overlay, similar to the appearance of looking through colored glass over a photo in a frame. For wireless devices, various LEDs are lit along the edge of the frame. The combination of these LEDs produces a color change in the glass of the message frame (see Figure 1).

              Hardware sensors are installed inside a keyboard that monitor key-stroke pressure and key-depression speed during typin...