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you with messages of love or take up arms in a fit of rage over your insensitivity?

Ever think your computer might one day pester

here are to be believed, we could then soon see computers that actually know you hate them, or in turn appreciate them for a job well done. research project currently being implemented by the center’s user systems ergonomic research group (User). Blue Eyes seeks attentive computation by integrating perceptual abilities to computers wherein non-obtrusive sensing technology, such as video cameras and microphones, are used to identify and observe your actions.

If researchers at IBM’s Almaden Research Center

Their initiative to make this happen: the Blue Eyes

the camera would immediately "sense" your presence and automatically turn on room lights, the television, or radio while popping up your favorite Internet website on the display. how to sense or perceive user action. They are also being programmed to know how users feel--depressed, ecstatic, bored, amused, or anxious--and make a corresponding response. Computers can, on their own, play a funny Flash animation feature to entertain its "master" if it notices a sad look on his or her face. with the computer "talking" to his user about the task at hand or simply acknowledging a command with a respectful, "yes, sir." information, such as where the user is looking, what he or she is saying or gesturing or how the subject’s emotions are evident with a grip on the pointing device.

As you walk by the computer screen, for example,

Part of this project is not only teaching computers

Voice or sound capabilities can also be integrated,

In these cases, the computer extracts key

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Blue Eyes Technology

physical, emotional, or informational state, which can be used to increase productivity. This is done by performing expected actions or by providing expected information. to perceive, interpret, and integrate audio-visuals and sensoring information. Adding extraordinary perceptual abilities to computers would enable computers to work together with human beings as intimate partners. are attempting to add more capabilities to computers that will allow them to interact like humans, recognize human presents, talk, listen, or even guess their feelings. computational machines that have perceptual and sensory ability like those of human beings. It uses non-obtrusige sensing method, employing most modern video cameras and microphones to identify the users’ actions through the use of imparted sensory abilities. The machine can understand what a user wants, where he is looking at, and even realize his physical or emotional states. the deliberate tools of science; scientists have expressed emotion, but no tools could sense and respond to their affective information. This paper highlights research aimed at giving computers the ability to comfortably sense, recognize and respond to the human communication of emotion, especially affective states such as frustration, confusion, interest, distress, anger and joy. Two main themes of sensing—self–report and concurrent expression—are described, together with examples of systems that give users new ways to communicate emotions to computers and, through computers, to other people. In addition to building systems that try to elicit and detect frustration, system has been developed that responds to user frustration in a way that appears to help alleviate

These cues are analyzed to determine the user’s

Human cognition depends primarily on the ability


The Blue Eyes technology aims at creating

For a long time emotions have been kept out of

Blue Eyes Technology

it. This paper highlights applications of this research to interface design, wearable computing, entertainment and education and briefly presents some potential ethical concerns and how they might be addressed. emotions or to have the capability...
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