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Microsoft develops technology to turn your smartphone into a mood ring

Published Jun 28th, 2013 10:30PM EDT
Microsoft Smartphone Mood Detection Technology

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Now we know why Windows Phones come in so many different colors. Techworld Australia reports that Microsoft Research Asia has been working on technology that gives your smartphone the ability to detect your mood and post it on your social networks in real-time. What, exactly, would be the benefit of having a smartphone that’s capable of telling the world how you’re feeling at every minute of the day? Microsoft’s researchers write that “privacy concerns aside, these moods would enhance social networks by allowing users to share mood states automatically,” which would help users “know better how and when to communicate with others.” For instance, the researchers say that “when text messaging an upset boss, a user could be cautious of speaking brashly,” which is certainly helpful for people who regularly send angry, profane messages to their employers.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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