Can’t be bothered to show anyone what you’re thinking? Our behavior us the reflection of our emotions, some peoples are very good in expressing what they feel or what they have to say. But there are lots of people who get hacked in their own emotions and don’t know how to overcome that.
According to some theories, emotions are universal phenomena, albeit affected by culture. Emotions are “internal phenomena that can, but do not always, make themselves observable through expression and behavior”. While some emotions are universal and are experienced in similar ways as a reaction to similar events across all cultures, other emotions show considerable cultural differences in their antecedent events, the way they are experienced, the reactions they provoke and the way they are perceived by the surrounding society.
Then a Japanese scientist has the answer a pair of digital eyes that can express delight and anger, or even feign boredom. Building on a long line of slightly wacky and not-very-practical inventions for which Japan is famous, Krakatoa Oshawa has unveiled the “Agency Glass”
Because Facial expressions are hard to understand. A facial expression is one or more motions or positions of the muscles beneath the skin of the face. According to one set of controversial theories, these movements convey the emotional state of an individual to observers. Facial expressions are a form of nonverbal communication.
According to research by Masada ET AL. (2010) people can only attend to a small sample of the possible events in their complex and ever-changing environments, and increasing evidence suggests that people from different cultural backgrounds allocate their attention very differently. This means that different cultures may interpret the same social context in very different ways. Since Americans are viewed as individualistic, they should have no trouble inferring people’s inner feelings from their facial expressions, whereas Japanese people may be more likely to look for contextual cues in order to better understand one’s emotional state.
In a laboratory setting, Masada ET AL. also tested how sensitive both Americans and Japanese would be to social contexts by showing them pictures of cartoons that included an individual in the context of a group of four other people. They also varied the facial expressions of the central figure and group members. They found that American participants were more narrowly focused with judging the cartoon’s emotional states than the Japanese participants were. In their recognition task, they also observed that the Japanese participants paid more attention to the emotions of the background figures than Americans did.
“I wanted to build a system that is capable of carrying out social behaviors for humans,” he told AFT. Just as robots can reduce the need for physical labor, the Agency Glass can also help in expressing emotions. Which looks like two small TV screens set in spectacle frames. It aims to cut down its user’s emotional demands by carrying out their eye movements for them.
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It is two Organic light emitting diode screens, which are connected to motion sensors and an external camera, show a pair of eyeballs that can appear to be making eye contact while the wearer is looking somewhere else entirely. The wearer has to choose their emotion in advance if they want to appear “attentive”, for example, they must switch it to this mode before putting the glasses on.
The current emotions of the user will express through the agency glass. Oshawa, of the prestigious Tsunami University, said possible applications include for flight attendants dealing with irritating passengers, or teachers who want to project an image of kindness towards shy students.
“As the service sector grows and becomes more sophisticated, it becomes increasingly important that we behave by showing understanding to others,” he said. “That requires us to behave differently from our true feelings.”
Such “emotional labor” has caused some people to become deeply conflicted and develop emotional illnesses, Oshawa said, adding that his technology could eventually help them.
The glasses weigh around 100 grams (3.5 ounces) with the battery lasting roughly an hour, Oshawa said, adding that the prototype cost just over 30,000 yen ($290) to make. They are currently not in production.
It is not universally accepted because it is now only used n Japan but will be adopted by others who usually go and visit a psychiatrist because of their emotional weakness. Psychiatrist deals with emotions, they can help emotionally disturbed peoples but it’s not compulsory that the patient could be able to overcome his/her disorder. So Oshawa created this technology for helping these peoples.