City boy Sumesh Dugar has developed a software that can recognize emotions. Dugar, who won the top honour among 10,000 startups at Launchpad by Google, was also awarded credit worth $20,000 by Google to develop ‘TrueEmoji’ further.
“Humans have allowed emotionless technology to take over their lives, which has made us robotic. My city Kolkata, which is highly emotive, made me feel this deficiency. Moreover, all over social media, there is lament over the loss of human touch in social communication. This is what spurred me on to develop TrueEmoji,” said Dugar, who is in his mid-20s.
TrueEmoji will change the way we engage with interfaces and people in our social circle on a daily basis, he claimed, adding that today’s technology is advanced enough to allow us to design products that will enrich digital communication with emotions.
The software can be down loaded on smartphones as an app which aims to eliminate the divide between emotion and communication by moving from artificial intelligence (AI) to emotional intelligence (EI). “Once the TrueEmoji software on your phone is activated, it can read a man’s emotional state by analyzing the facial contour through camera,” Dugar explained.
This can revolutionize communication altogether. If an app or computer can recognize the state of mind, the communication will be smarter and more effective. “If a person you are communicating with is angry, you will try to be less offensive. If the person is happy, you will continue talking and perhaps even turn your efforts up a notch. If the person is confused, you may go on explaining things better,” he said.
The software can also change the way companies market things. Once the technology reads the consumer’s expressions, it will respond by sharing relevant information.
Dugar is now meeting investors to help launch the software in the market. There is already a working prototype and once the first-round of funding is secured, it will take three months to launch it.