Thursday, March 30, 2006

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

Researchers are building a little gadget which will help autistic people find out if they're boring or annoying the poobits out of the person they're talking to.

According to Boing Boing it's a little camera clipped onto your glasses which feeds pictures to a little computer running image recognition software to characterize emotions of the person you're talking to/at.

If the listener doesn't seem to be interested in your boring story about the dream you had last night, the gadget vibrates.


Ramona said...

Is this device available on ebay? Does it work for everyone? There have been many times Ive needed an early warning device (Im sure an electric shock or a tranquilizer would be more effective in my case). I'd also like someone to invent a black box for humans for debriefing purposes so I can work out at what point it all went pear shaped.

Glenn said...

I was telling someone about this at a party last night and midway through the story they turned away to another conversation.

I need one of these real quick.

Funny you should mention electricity.

I was going to tell a little fib and say this thingy gives the user an electric shock instead of vibration only so I could headline the story, Shock Me If You've Heard This One Before.