TORONTO—Tired of tone and body language getting lost in texts? The maker of BlackBerry smartphones has a solution.
Waterloo, Canada-based Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) has filed a patent for a phone that will sense its user’s emotional state during text messaging.
The filing, made public on July 19, said the phone will read mood by gathering data about a user’s blood pressure, heart rate, facial expressions, and Galvanic skin response, among other physiological expressions of emotion.
The application will then translate those emotions into the message, by using textual cues like bold, italics, colour, or capitals.
The current method of conveying emotion, through emoticons, is described in the filing as “limited and [does] not provide the level of expressiveness and fluidity of emotion provided by the various embodiments described [in this patent filing].”
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