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Method for mood-inferring software and hardware

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099073D
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-10
Document File: 4 page(s) / 97K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for mood-inferring software and hardware. Benefits include improved functionality and improved usability.

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Method for mood-inferring software and hardware

Disclosed is a method for mood-inferring software and hardware. 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 by altering the text’s color or background. The method actively searches and displays the emotion of the author in much the same way as humans do during face-to-face conversations and adding an additional dimension to an email or message.

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. The software algorithm infers the author’s emotions and indicates what they are through visual references, such as the color of text or text background (see Figure 1).

              Hardware sensors are installed inside a keyboard that monitor key-stroke pressure and key-depression speed during typing. The key pressure is measured by a pressure sensor at the bottom of the key...