So you want to know if that girl you just met is actually into you, what your boss is thinking but isn't saying about your work, or if your friend is really still mad at your about forgetting their birthday? Well, good luck, because interpreting the emotions of others is incredibly hard. But, for those among us for whom the visual expression of emotion is a complex, confusing mystery, the burgeoning field of emotion reader technology
may be able to help.
Emotion readers come in many forms. There are those that focus on facial expressions, those that zone in on body positioning and movement, and those that take a more physiological approach measuring body temperature and heart rate. But can all this data actually help people improve their social interactions with others? Yes it can, it has, and there are several companies looking to cash in on taking emotion reading technology mainstream. But is society really ready for more transparency?