wtf
Robot Eyes Replace Your Blank Stare With (Fake) Human Expression

Coming across as a socially functioning human who expresses real emotions can be such a drain. If only there was a high-tech way to replace your flat, expressionless gaze with a digital approximation of human warmth. Well, search no more. AgencyGlass is here. Read More >>

cars
In-Car Facial Recognition Detects Angry Drivers to Prevent Road Rage

Passengers in a car can help calm an angry driver when another vehicle cuts them off. But when a driver is alone, that anger can easily turn into road rage which puts everyone at risk. So researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne—or EPFL for short—are working on an in-car facial recognition system that knows when the driver isn't happy. Read More >>

foodmodo
McVitie's Ads Want to Examine the "Emotional Role" of the Biscuit in Today's Society

United Biscuits, owner of the McVitie's brand and all the magical sugary food it produces, is about to launch a £12m advertising campaign in the UK. It wants to make the eating of too many biscuits an emotional event. After all, who hasn't cried themselves to sleep after eating an entire packet of Chocolate Digestives? Read More >>

patents
Apple Wants to Scan Your Emotions to Aid Advertisers

Or at least that's what's suggested by Apple's "Inferring user mood based on user and group characteristic data" patent, which has just been uncovered. Read More >>

science
Where Emotions Hit You, Visualised

Nerves make your stomach churn; embarrassment brings a glow to your cheeks. Emotions clearly have a direct physiological effect on our bodies, and now a team of Finnish researchers has analysed exactly how—and represented them in this visualisation. Read More >>

computers
The Most Realistic Virtual Human Ever Is a Fully Expressive Talking Head

Hoping to be holding the personal assistant of the future, researchers at the University of Cambridge have unveiled what's supposedly the most realistically expressive controllable avatar ever. Move aside, Siri — this is what you get for mouthing off. Read More >>

design
Charles Darwin Is Helping Solve One of Mankind's Greatest Problems: Reinventing the Emoticon

Emoticons are ingratiated into modern language. Tweens communicate in nothing but nonsensical strings of emojis, and artists use them to create entire tales. But even with widespread use, emoticons' emotions have remained relatively 1-dimensional since their inception. Read More >>

software
How Your Video Game Character Could Soon Share Your Rage Face

You spent hours tweaking your Xbox or Nintendo avatar to look exactly like you, but researchers at the EPFL are taking things one step further with a Kinect-based system that can translate your facial expressions and emotions to your online persona. So the next time you're cursing into your headset after a loss in Halo, your character won't look so serene. Read More >>

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