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5 reasons why artificial intelligence needs emotion
Affectiva (blog)
Rana el Kaliouby explores the need for artificial emotional intelligence, especially in AI systems that are expected to interact with humans and how emotion recognition technology can deliver this today.

In pursuit of empathetic machines
Tech Crunch
We are on the verge of creating machines that can look and act like us in a physical sense, as well as take over repetitious manual labor — to the delight of monotony-hating, fun-loving humans. However, providing these machines with the human traits of emotion and empathy is a missing piece of the puzzle that continues to baffle AI researchers.

I think, therefore I am: Startup experts talk A.I. at SXSW
Even executives of companies that develop the world’s leading artificial intelligence software have time to catch a few movies. True to form, it seems the flicks they pick are typically about artificial intelligence.

Emotion recognition technology executive, Alan Park, joins Affectiva as Chief Revenue Officer
Affectiva announced that Alan M. Park has joined the company as its chief revenue officer. He will lead Affectiva's continued global revenue expansion. Alan joins from Emotient, the emotion analytics company recently acquired by a leading Silicon Valley technology company, where he led their sales organization.

MediaRebel introduces facial expression analytics, revolutionizing video deposition testimony
PR Web
MediaRebel is a cost effective video deposition management system that helps attorneys craft their strategy and organize their case-in-chief with greater ease and speed. MediaRebel provides groundbreaking emotion analysis capabilities through facial expression analytics, powered by Affectiva emotion recognition technology.

Emotion-responsive video games
Games can evoke a strong emotional response in people, but what if games could have an emotional response to people? There are techniques today that allow video games to respond to human emotions.

Emotion Lab '16 Recap
Emotion Lab '16 — Affectiva's first ever hackathon took place March 4-6 in Cambridge, MA. During this three-day event participants hacked with Affectiva's emotion recognition SDK to emotion-enable apps, IoT devices and other digital experiences. Ten amazing projects were presented to an impressive group of judges. Learn more about these projects and the three winning teams.

Emotions make the world go round
Affectiva (blog)
Bianca Meger writes: "A few weeks ago, we received an invitation from Affectiva to join their Emotion Lab '16 hackathon. As you can imagine, we confirmed immediately. Now, five weeks later, 23 hours of travel and a 36-degree drop in temperature, we are on day two of the hackathon. Teams have been created, projects are starting to take shape and form and things are really starting to get emotional."

Wristband detects and alerts for seizures, monitors stress
MIT News
Empatica has developed a medical-quality consumer wristband called Embrace that monitors stress signals to detect potentially deadly seizures and alert wearers and caregivers so they can intervene. Empatica was co-founded by MIT professor and affective computing pioneer Dr. Rosalind Picard, who also co-founded Affectiva.

Video: Affectiva measures real-time user emotions during gameplay
Meet Steve. His facial expressions are analyzed as he wages an emotional battle against scary critters. With Affectiva's emotion recognition technology, game developers can record players' emotions while they play their game — in real time, using only a webcam.

Video: Using Affectiva Unity plugin, a game avatar mirrors a player's emotions
Meet Steve. His avatar in a game mimics his emotions in real time. He finally found a game character that understands him. Using Affectiva's emotion recognition technology, game developers can make avatars respond to a player's emotions.

The human face: How we see each other
Bridget Kendall explores how we interpret facial expressions and how our face is being interpreted by machines for health, happiness and profit. How do we read each other's faces? How much do we rely on visual clues? How much on context? What is going on in our heads when we respond to a grin or a grimace? And what is happening in the field of machine facial interpretation?

Robot learning companion offers custom-tailored tutoring
Science Daily
Social Robot Tega out of MIT Media Lab is a learning companion for kids. Using Affectiva's Android SDK, Tega can sense emotions as it interacts with children.

Cars may soon warn drivers before they nod off
The Huffington Post
The dangers of drowsy driving have been widely documented. Most recently, a study found that car crashes become more likely in the few days after we adjust our clocks for daylight saving time and lose an hour of sleep. But it's difficult to prevent people from driving while sleep deprived because there is no benchmark for sleepiness like there is for drunkenness.


Did You Know That...
Developers using Unity 3D can now add emotion-sensing capabilities to their games, apps and digital experiences, using Affectiva's new Unity plug-in.

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Try free eval of Emotion-Sensing SDK
You can now detect and measure human emotion in real-time, on device, using Affectiva's emotion recognition SDK. Available for iOS, Android and Windows you can get a free evaluation of our SDK here:


Ad Age Digital Conference | April 5-6
Affectiva and experiential design firm Wild Blue Technologies will showcase how Affectiva's emotion recognition technology can be used by brands, advertisers and creative agencies to enable unique digital and retail experiences.

Deep Learning in Healthcare Summit | April 7 - 8
Daniel McDuff, PhD, Director of Research at Affectiva will deliver a talk entitled, "Turning Everyday Devices into Health Sensors" on April 7th.

Collision | April 26 - 28
Rana el Kaliouby will speak to a number of panels at Collision. More details in the next newsletter.

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