Sony patents a system that can detect emotions

Saturday, 15 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.