Experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a watch that lets you know if you’re being boring.
The wrist-wear uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect the tone of conversation, the movement of the wearer and the heartbeat, and can then decide with stunning accuracy if the conversation needs to move on.
The sensors in the watch also monitor blood flow and blood pressure and combine all of the available information with the pitch of voice, energy levels and vocabulary to make a decision on the conversation.
The MIT watch has the ability to understand happy, sad and neutral tones, which then relays the information to the matched smartphone which buzzes if it believes the person you are conversing with is finding it dull with 83 per cent accuracy.
The watch that can tell you if you are being boring
The watch would be ideal for first dates, and the project's co-author, Tuka Al Hanais said people could have an "intelligent social coach right in their pocket – a judgemental, objective, personal social coach”.
It can also be used to help people with autism who have difficulty in reading the emotional tone.
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Ms Al Hanais added: "The consequences of misreading emotional intent can be severe, particularly in high-stakes social situations such as salary negotiations or job interviews.
"For those afflicted by Asperger's syndrome, the inability to read subtle cues can lead to a variety of negative consequences, from social isolation to depression.”
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"Our results show that it’s possible to classify the emotional tone of conversation"
The other co-author Mohammad Ghassemi added: “As far as we know, this is the first experiment that collects both physical data and speech data in a passive but robust way, even while subjects are having natural, unstructured interactions.
“Our results show that it’s possible to classify the emotional tone of conversations in real-time.”