Sony patents a system that can detect emotions

Saturday, 15th August 2009 19:18 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


A patent filed by Sony, and found by Siliconera, shows a system that detects laughter, sadness, anger, boredom, and other emotions caused by watching David Caruso on the telly.

Apparently, it uses metadata which detects emotions filtered through a microphone and expressions picked up by the camera. Both are then linked to the game console (PS3), and transfers said data over a network.

The patent mentions body gesture identification and the ability to track group interactions “such as when two individuals give each other a High Five”, and can also detect boredom if a user is “looking away from the presentation, yawning, or talking over the presentation.”

It’s not just limited to games, either. It can also be used for TV shows, films, and media presentations.

What will Sony think of next.

Via Joystiq.



  1. Razor

    Anyone who laughs like the man in that picture should really be in medical care.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Hunam

    That picture is fucking ace.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. joseangelhe

    Can you imagine how this would work with porn?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    LMFAO! I was waiting for someone to say that, congrats joseangelhe – you won. :-)

    #4 5 years ago
  5. phatb0y

    Skynet@Home confirmed.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. jnms

    As I said the other day, just wait till this tech. monitors what movies, TV shows and adverts you enjoy. Right about then, machines will start taking over a lot of our choices for us. After all, why will we need to choose when our PS3 / XBox 360 already knows what we like way ahead of the moment we would usually make the choice. Especially if it knows what choice we would be making…

    …I dread to think how this crap will work with Facebook / Twitter functionality. Imagine the automated updateds: “jnms is watching 24 and bored”, “jnms has gone to sleep”, “jnms is coming at me with a hammer”…

    Fuck it.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Tonka

    Epic illustration. It’s even worse than nintendos evil dwarf on rocking horse

    #7 5 years ago
  8. ieatpaste

    The illustration is actually a diagram from an actual patent. Sony probably is using it to make sure their patent gets passed or passed faster by the US PTO.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    Its interesting that the camera in the patent isnt the PSEye, hard to say what that could mean though i really cant see Sony releasing a mic and camera separate.

    #9 5 years ago

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