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Intel CTO Says Future Phones Will Sense Your Mood 127

An anonymous reader writes "Ultra-smartphones that react to your moods and televisions that can tell it's you who's watching are in your future as Intel Corp's top technology guru sets his sights on context-aware computing. Chief technology officer Justin Rattner stuffed sensors down his socks at the annual Intel Develop Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday to demonstrate how personal devices will one day offer advice that goes way beyond local restaurants and new songs to download. 'How can we change the relationship so we think of these devices not as devices but as assistants or even companions?' he asked."
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Intel CTO Says Future Phones Will Sense Your Mood

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  • Meego related? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by aliquis ( 678370 ) <> on Wednesday September 15, 2010 @10:10PM (#33595630) Homepage []

    Nokia always talked about feeling pulse and what not. Plus they and Siemens got that TV stuff going and it would be quite obvious they know who's watching that way I guess.

    But maybe Intel is just talking in general / will sell sensors for everyone / whatever. But atleast Meego is still a joint Nokia and Intel (Is it just open-source or open for any player to join in and release their own Meego phones if they wanted to?)

  • by ArcadeNut ( 85398 ) on Wednesday September 15, 2010 @10:31PM (#33595782) Homepage

    Didn't we already learn that computers suck at context?

    Clippy anyone?

    That's right I used the "C" word!

  • Give it a chance (Score:4, Interesting)

    by gregrah ( 1605707 ) on Wednesday September 15, 2010 @11:47PM (#33596198)
    There are technologies that we take for granted today that would have seemed preposterous only a few years ago. For example - if someone told me five years go that Google was working on technology to predict what I am searching for, and display the results before I can finish typing - my response would have been "I'll believe it when I see it". Now, after using real-time search for a week, I am sure there will be a time when I expect every search engine to deliver results in real time as I type.

    I can understand being skeptical about the "mood sensing mobile phones" being discussed in this article. But to get all bent out of shape about a technology that doesn't even exist yet, and that you will not be obligated to use if it ever is created - I just don't see the point.

    After thinking about this technology for a couple minutes, here's one potential use that I might like to see. If you're driving and listening to music at the same time, and the device senses that you are overwhelmed with information (you're lost, for example, and looking for a specific street) - it could lower the volume on your radio to help you think. Nothing earth shattering - just a simple incremental improvement over my car radio today, which is smart enough to raise and lower the volume based on my current speed (another example of a feature I never thought I needed, but appreciate, and will expect to have in any car I buy from now on).

    I've seen enough negative comments on this subject. Are there any other positive uses that people can imagine?
  • by TuringTest ( 533084 ) on Thursday September 16, 2010 @02:27AM (#33596906) Journal

    The title car (in the book, not the movie) behaved like that. It was full of gadgets and whistles, but when it (she?) though one was useful at the current situation it wouldn't (well, almost never) launch it on its own. It just flashed some light over the appropriate handle in the control panel, and the decision to activate the feature was on the driver. Children loved it.

    This is how well-mannered smart agents should behave (and no, a giant paper clip talking about nonsense does not qualify).

  • Re:just imagine... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Jedi Alec ( 258881 ) on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:17AM (#33597682)

    What would be the point of that?

    Now what might be *useful* is for the phone to:
    1. Call some of your friends to drink along with you.
    2. Call an escort to cheer you up.
    3. Call a cab to get you home at the end of the evening.

    That way *you* get a fun evening(or at least a better one than sitting by yourself drinking) and the phone company gets to bill you for 3 additional calls leading to

    4. Profit!

  • Re:Give it a chance (Score:2, Interesting)

    by doesnothingwell ( 945891 ) on Thursday September 16, 2010 @10:44AM (#33599598)

    incremental improvement over my car radio today, which is smart enough to raise and lower the volume based on my current speed

    It's probably been done wrong unless it has a knee at some speed, increase the volume to legal speed and decreasing above. Driving at 100mph or more I find the radio is best turned off or set to low volume classical music. An alarm that says "too fucking fast" or "have you finished those funeral arrangements yet?" would be better.

"So why don't you make like a tree, and get outta here." -- Biff in "Back to the Future"