A new kind of technology could be helping us to read people’s emotions in the most real way.
Theoretical physicist and artificial intelligence expert Robert Anton Wilson and his team have developed a new device that can use a combination of eye movements and camera movements to read a person’s emotions from the lips of their mouth.
They believe the device could be used to monitor the emotional state of a person as they talk to others, which could then be used as a test for people with dementia.
Wilson, who heads the Quantum Computing Laboratory at MIT, and his colleague Andrew Cope have published a paper describing their new system, called Rapid Eye Movement Recognition (REVAR).
“What this device does is you take a photograph of a subject’s mouth and it can tell you when they are smiling or frowning,” Wilson said.
“The smile or frown tells you what the subject is thinking and the smile or the frown tells the person what they are thinking.”
REVar could also be used in a variety of situations to help people with Alzheimer’s disease.
The device, which uses sensors to monitor eye movements, can record a person telling a story in their mouth and then analyse what their mouth is saying in real-time, using software to read their emotions.
Wilson said that while the device is relatively simple to use, it could be useful for people who struggle to understand a person and for situations where they are unsure if they are being observed or just hearing what they say.
“This is a new technology that can be useful in a range of situations, from medical monitoring, to educational applications, to speech recognition and a range more,” he said.
“It is also potentially a platform for understanding the emotion of people in the world around us.”
The researchers hope the technology will eventually be used by healthcare professionals to help diagnose patients with Alzheimer and other cognitive impairments and, if the research continues, help them better understand the impact of these disorders on their lives.
But Wilson said he had some reservations about the device, saying that it could only detect a smile or a frown and that its ability to analyse the emotions of a face and mouth could be limited by the sensor’s sensitivity.
However, the device can also identify and measure the emotions in people’s lips, so the researchers hope to use it to provide more accurate information.
“There is a lot of evidence to suggest that the lips have more to do with emotion than the mouth does,” he explained.
“What we are trying to do is build a device that uses a combination, eye movements in the mouth, a combination with cameras to record a face’s emotions, and that allows us to get a sense of what the face is feeling, what the lips are feeling, and what the body is feeling.”
That is a huge area of research that we are working on and it will allow us to take these techniques to areas of our lives that we would never otherwise be able to do.”‘
I was just crying’After the device was developed, Wilson said the reaction from his colleagues was “absolutely amazing”.”
The reaction from colleagues was just unbelievable,” he told Al Jazeera.”
They said it’s amazing how much we can get away with and how much this is going to open up for us in a way that we have not been able to in the past.
“The device works by taking a photograph, recording the images and then analysing the images’ movement in realtime.
Its software then generates a list of expressions, using algorithms to understand the way a person smiles, frowns and even how their eyes look when they smile or when they frown.
Wilson said he was not surprised to see people using it, noting that people have been using the technology for years.”
I am not sure if it will become mainstream,” he acknowledged.
In the past, researchers have used cameras to observe people and have found that they often failed to interpret the expressions of people as accurately as people using cameras.”
People are trying this and it’s going to take time to figure out how to use this effectively,” Wilson added.
Reaching out to peopleWith the development of the new device, Wilson and Cope hope to develop a system that can detect facial expressions, the movements of the eyes and even the shape of the lips.”
If you look at facial expressions we can tell if the person is smiling or not, and we can say, ‘Hey, that person has a smile on their face’,” Wilson said, adding that he hoped to see REVAR used to identify people with various forms of dementia.”
One of the problems with the way we communicate to people with cognitive impairment is that we cannot always know what is happening with them in their mind.
We are only able to observe what they see.
“The researchers are also trying to use REVar to track heart rate and other physiological markers.
As well as being useful for monitoring people’s mental health,