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Microsoft Research Adds 'Mood Detection' To Smartphones

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the used-it-to-detect-that-users-are-upset-about-mood-detection dept.

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angry tapir writes "Researchers at Microsoft Research have produced a prototype software system that can be used on smartphones to infer a user's mood. The 'MoodScope' system produced by researchers uses smartphone usage patterns to determine whether someone is happy, calm, excited, bored or stressed and could potentially add a new dimension to to mobile apps (as well as, as the researchers note, open up a Pandora's Box of privacy issues). The researchers created a low-power background service for iPhones and Android handsets that (with training) can offer reasonable detection of mood and offers and API that app developers could hook into."

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Advertising (4, Interesting)

invid (163714) | about a year ago | (#44132375)

When I'm sad will I suddenly see lots of adds for antidepressant?

Re:Advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132459)

No, but Clippy will pop up and ask you if you'd like help talking about it.

Re:Advertising (5, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#44132623)

When I'm sad...

...Clippy will pop up...

Endless loop.

Re:Advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132961)

Just wait till Clippy thinks the phone ownder is frightened and calls 911 and cops start flooding to places like roller coasters, haunted houses, movie theaters, wedding chapels,,,etc. Or maybe Clippy will make the call that its owner is 5150.

Re:Advertising (1)

Golddess (1361003) | about a year ago | (#44135509)

I'm sorry, 5150?

Re:Advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44135747)

Used to be fairly well known as being both a Police Code for someone needing to be put on a psychiatric hold/person behaving in insane/crazy/unhinged manner and being a potential danger to themselves or others (originating in California) as well as the original IBM PC model number.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5150_(Involuntary_psychiatric_hold) [wikipedia.org]

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=5150 [urbandictionary.com]

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-20090728-92/how-ibms-5150-pc-shaped-the-computer-industry/ [cnet.com]

Re:Advertising (1)

Golddess (1361003) | about a year ago | (#44135793)

Ahh, thanks.

Re:Advertising (1)

StripedCow (776465) | about a year ago | (#44132711)

Nope. When you see lots of ads, you will turn sad.

That's basically how it works.

Re:Advertising (1)

t4ng* (1092951) | about a year ago | (#44133603)

More "metadata" for the NSA to play with. Mix well with big data mining and they can pick people up and water board them for pre-crime!

Re:Advertising (1)

NotBorg (829820) | about a year ago | (#44134469)

No, when you're sad, the NSA will have cause to spy on you.

Re:Advertising (1)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about a year ago | (#44136009)

No, when you're sad, the NSA will have cause to spy on you.

Or angry.

Coming soon courtesy of MADD (2)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132397)

Automatic text to law enforcement if intoxicated and in motion greater than 10 MPH, complete with location coordinates and picture from phone camera. You will have to agree to this when you get your phone. Having a phone is a privilege, not a right.

Get out of my personal space Microsoft (5, Insightful)

Piata (927858) | about a year ago | (#44132411)

Dear Microsoft, I don't want my phone to know what I eat for breakfast, how I'm feeling or how I choose to spend my time. I just need it to make phone calls and check my email. That's it. That's all.

Can you please stop being such a creepy digital stalker? It's gone well past disturbing at this point.

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132573)

Should we just play Chop Sticks?

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (4, Interesting)

digitalchinky (650880) | about a year ago | (#44132593)

Whenever I approach society, particularly women, I'm very quickly enlightened about my emotional state : ) I don't think hearing it again from my phone would add any useful data to that stack of baggage. One thing that would be extremely cool would be a sensor for smell, I was born completely without this so I'd love to know if I smell bad, gas is leaking, burning and so on. I never actually even knew smell existed until I was in my teens, it took another year or so after that for me to believe people weren't just faking it.

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (1)

mumblestheclown (569987) | about a year ago | (#44132639)

were you the guy complaining 10 years ago that all you want your phone to do is make phone calls and that you have a perfectly good computer to check your email?

time moves on, get over it. There are potential legitimate uses for the technology in question and if there aren't, the market will ignore it.

Re: Get out of my personal space Microsoft (1)

Jeff Chappell (2964599) | about a year ago | (#44133035)

The problem is the potential uses are intrusive to consumers but valuable to MS, Google, and Apple. Market forces are not on our side here that's why its worth discussion.

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133049)

Microsoft (and its lack of mobile "marketshare") doesnt bother me on mood detection.
Ask any Greek what they think of Moodies and it would go haywire!
If the big boys (gewgle android) implement this tech, there would most certainly be a built-in bug;
From a poll in the UK, 73 percent of respondents took a negative feeling from the questions regarding opinion of israel.
If this were to rolled out en-masse, the spin-doctors and speechwriters of washington dc and tel-aviv would be thrown out in the spam bin.

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (0)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#44132819)

The return of Clippy: "You look like you are in a bad mood. Would you like me to help you with that?"

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (1)

NotBorg (829820) | about a year ago | (#44134567)

Out with Dr. Watson, in with Dr. Freud.

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44136391)

I zee that this call from your mother makes you feel happy... or perhaps even excited, ja?

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132921)

Dear Piata,
If you just want a phone that makes calls and checks your email, why are you looking at ours? Go buy yourself a Blackberry or something.

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (1)

rodrigoandrade (713371) | about a year ago | (#44132927)

Then maybe you should avoid buying a phone that includes such features.

+4 Insightful?? Really??

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133207)

dual-purpose-features of the new Galaxy Tab running Windows CE 2013 include; 1.gps-precision-guidance/"i hope nobody is tracking me"
2. a microphone jack/(what happens if i plug speakers into this?)

3. a microphone/ "ok, love you. bye."----"click"-----"friggin beatch"/ I heard that you phoney!

4. multi-tasking capabilities* (*user competence may effect performance of this function)

5. windows media player/ "dammit beatch, i told you to curtail your calls!"

6. autodestruct autoscheduler/ wtf???

7. HELP!

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133019)

Dear Microsoft, I don't want my phone to know what I eat for breakfast, how I'm feeling or how I choose to spend my time.

"I just want to tell it all of that, take pictures of all of that using my phone, post all about it publicly on the internet using my phone, and use my phone to help decide what to do with my spare time, but I don't actually want my phone knowing any of that."

And before you say you're one of the magical super-duper-intelligent elite who doesn't do that... you're not lucrative enough for a business making business decisions to do more business, so they care very little about what you have to say. Hell, you probably go out of your way to avoid giving them money, so why should they care in the first place?

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (2)

rogueippacket (1977626) | about a year ago | (#44133057)

I cannot agree more with this. Every new version of Android/iOS/Windows Phone seems to be all about more integration with various advertising platforms (Google, Facebook, Twitter, the list goes on) - with Samsung even calling their phones a "Life Companion" now. I'm sorry, but I put a ring (not a ringtone) on my life companion, and I don't give a shit about tweeting or "checking in" when I'm on the crapper. Making phone calls and responding to emails are my killer apps, and that's it.

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year ago | (#44134917)

Dear Microsoft, I don't want my phone to know what I eat for breakfast

You mean you don't want your phone to snitch to your boss and tell him that you're not sufficiently grateful to have a job?

I can't wait until they get the Holy Grail and your Kinect can be used to tell if you're telling the truth, or if your discontent makes you unfit for the workplace.

Snitchware is the next killer app for the workplace. For law enforcement, too. We know that tyrants have used "security" as an excuse before, but this may be the first time that "convenience" and "entertainment" have been used.

Do we have any evidence that Microsoft has ever had the consumers' interest at heart? Do we have any reason to believe their intentions are benign?

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44135785)

NSA demands it.

Re:Get out of my personal space Microsoft (1)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about a year ago | (#44136021)

Dear Microsoft, I don't want my phone to know what I eat for breakfast, how I'm feeling or how I choose to spend my time. I just need it to make phone calls and check my email. That's it. That's all.

Can you please stop being such a creepy digital stalker? It's gone well past disturbing at this point.

Welcome! To the Microsoft Help Line. All of our agents are currently busy helping other customers. Please stay on the line. Your call is VERY important to us! Oh dear...

This is moronic. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132471)

Nothing else left to say.

Re:This is moronic. (2)

sirber (891722) | about a year ago | (#44132809)

More and more crap that makes the phone slow.

But can it discern this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132479)

Resting bitch face. If it's unable to determine that someone just has resting bitch face, then this is useless for a growing number of women! It could even cause them to become bitch's, if the phone decides to give attitude based on the presumed mood... Quick! Let us make the white house petition and get all the signatures! This must NOT be allowed to go on our phones! As I for one, don't want to deal with bitchy caused by artificial attitude based on resting bitch face...

Terrorist detector (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132485)

The newest app from your friends at Microsoft.

Hmmm (3, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44132489)

The researchers created a low-power background service for iPhones and Android handsets

I currently own both an iPad and and Nexus tablet ... and if Microsoft thinks I'd be willing to install any of their shit on them, they're sadly mistaken.

WTF would I want my phone to know anything about my mood for? And why should I trust Microsoft with the data? They'll just roll over and hand it to the NSA anyway.

Microsoft Research has specialized in making shit nobody has wanted for years. Pity they couldn't focus on making products people actually want.

Re:Hmmm (1, Funny)

mumblestheclown (569987) | about a year ago | (#44132669)

welcome to slashdot, where you basic contentless anti-ms rant gets modded as "insightful." here we have a guy with an ipad - as closed a system as there ever was by a company which puts ms's sins to shame by any objective stanandard, but his blind anti-ms zealotry still peeks through and gets upvotes.

/ no, i do not work or have anything to do with MS. MS research opened a shiny new building not far from me though, though this affects my life only in that I had to sit through traffic more during the construction.

Re:Hmmm (4, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44132825)

but his blind anti-ms zealotry still peeks through and gets upvotes.

Oh, it's not blind, I assure you.

Microsoft drove me to Linux in the early 90's by producing a crap operating system.

I've got an XBox 360 and I run Vista at home (yes, really, and I actually like it), I'm not some knee-jerk Microsoft hater -- I hate them on reasoned principle, and I don't trust them more than I need to. But I do own and use some of their products.

But, again I ask, WTF would I want my phone to know my mood for, and why would I trust Microsoft with the information? Should I be willing to provide even more personal information to make them money and for them to hand over to the first government agency who asks?

I stand by my assertion that Microsoft Research is a big gaping money pit that spends billions every year on stuff people don't want -- how much has been spent on the Microsoft Home of the Future?

I'm sure they'll incorporate it into the new XBone so they can report back to the mothership -- but I sure as heck wouldn't voluntarily install this. I can see no benefit whatsoever in having my phone know if I'm in a bad mood. It just sounds like fetishizing technology.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132833)

iPads aren't trying to figure out what frame of mind we're in and then telling the NSA.

Although admitedly probably only because Apple didn't think of it yet...

Depressing...

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133205)

here we have a guy with an ipad - as closed a system as there ever was by a company which puts ms's sins to shame by any objective stanandard

No, no, please, DO go on about your "objective stanandard" about the concept of sin. I'm certain there's philosophers and religious experts around the world who would be very interested in how you've managed to finally figure out this whole "right and wrong" malarkey in an absolutely objective fashion. Even more, you figured it out entirely based on the actions of a gadget maker and a software company! Who knew that this problem that had been plaguing history's greatest thinkers since the dawn of mankind — a problem that spawned countless discussions, wars, and killings, mind you — was simply waiting thousands of years for someone to invent something called an "iPhone" to finally answer it once and for all?

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132757)

Imagine how much more efficient Big Brother would have been if the vid screens in everyone's apartments could have actually read thoughts and moods...

Microsoft + Kinect + NSA = 3936256

(bonus points if you get the reference...)

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133347)

Microsoft Research made one of the best multiplayer games of all time just to prove that federated identity works. I still miss playing Allegiance to this day.

Re:Hmmm (1)

st3v (805783) | about a year ago | (#44134155)

You think Google is any better? They breach people's privacy horrendously. I actually trust Microsoft more. Google tracks everything you do and uses that to target advertise to you. If you have an android device and take it with you, they track all routes you drive, places you've been to, and save that to their database. This is enabled by default, and you need to dig deep to find out how to disable these privacy breaches. This is just the tip of the iceberg with Google. Wake up.

Re:Hmmm (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44134413)

You think Google is any better?

Absolutely not, which is why Google Analytics and other such crap is blocked at my firewall or my browser. At every step I block as much information getting to them as possible

I don't trust any multinational company, but I also know I'm not going to live in a cave either.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44134167)

So what you are saying is that, if you don't use that app, you are a target for the NSA, because you will for sure be hiding something!

Mood detection was to be added to phone trees (1)

fredrated (639554) | about a year ago | (#44132491)

and you would be connected to a person if it detected you were angry. What happened to that? I get angry when I need to talk to a person and the phone tree doesn't offer that option, but I have never been connected to a person as a result. That's what I want, when you detect I am swearing, connect me to a person damnit!

Re:Mood detection was to be added to phone trees (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132649)

Part of US culture is giving the appearance of being pissed and ready to go off on someone. This gets you listened to above people who are not as loud and in-your face.

If a phone had this option, I'd hack it so it would always read "PISSED" [1]. That way, if it communicated with a call center the emotional status, usually people who are ready to rip the head off an agent get listened to, while the polite people are disconnected or put on hold until they join the angry ranks.

[1]: American definition of pissed. Not the English definition. Big difference.

Re:Mood detection was to be added to phone trees (2)

Roger W Moore (538166) | about a year ago | (#44134355)

If a phone had this option, I'd hack it so it would always read "PISSED"

If your phone is running windows 8 you probably won't need to hack it.

Re:Mood detection was to be added to phone trees (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132741)

Yeah, sign me up for that "person that people get forwarded to when they're angry" position. That sounds like a swell job.

Re:Mood detection was to be added to phone trees (1)

fredrated (639554) | about a year ago | (#44133955)

I guess you're right, I wouldn't want that job. So I guess I will just have to accept the fact that when companies want to save money and thus don't want to take your call, they won't.

Microsoft detect mood? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132495)

I can detect the mood without even having to write software: If you are using a microsoft product, you are feeling like you've given in an just decided to use what works as the least common denominator instead of something that works in the way you need it to.

Microsoft mood detection source code!! (0, Troll)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#44132511)

#!/bin/bash

echo "User is having trouble with Microsoft product and is FUCKING PISSED!!"

--

that was easy...

Re:Microsoft mood detection source code!! (0)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#44132713)

Not even CLOSE to a troll.

Microsoft shills out in force on slashdot...

Re:Microsoft mood detection source code!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44134655)

No shills voted you down. Your comment was simply the stupidest unfunny fucking shit any moderator read today.

Re:Microsoft mood detection source code!! (1)

zlives (2009072) | about a year ago | (#44133277)

come on now, its a reasonable application of tech.
If I may...

if (user_sex==male)
      $mood = "HORNY"
else $mood=$mgic8ball(rnd)

echo "User is having trouble with Microsoft product and is FUCKING PISSED!! and" $mood

Also if it can detect other people's mood... i can finally know when to ask my wife certain questions

Facebook is going to become hyper annoying now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132529)

"Automated mood detection could be used to enhance recommendation systems employed by services such as Netflix and to add an extra dimension to social networking and communications."
Can you imagine how annoying teenagers will become on FB now? As if it were not bad enough. My wife is friends with some on FB and I need to be restrained so I dont scream at their FB for constantly putting stupid status messages about breakups etc.

Obvious... (1)

Skiron (735617) | about a year ago | (#44132589)

... I bet it defaults to 'pretty angry' and 'fucking windows' moods.

Re:Obvious... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132989)

... I bet it defaults to 'pretty angry' and 'fucking windows' moods.

Envy actually! Wish I had an android phone....

Smoke and Mirrors (3, Informative)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year ago | (#44132611)

Pshaw. We know all it's doing is changing color based on our body temperature! Chris Petrila fooled me with this in the first grade, and I won't let Microsoft fool me with it now!

Re:Smoke and Mirrors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44135213)

Intended as "Funny", not "Informative"...

GPS? (1)

TheNinjaroach (878876) | about a year ago | (#44132621)

This could be useful if the robot lady in Google Maps understood to STFU when I started yelling at her.

Windows phone??? (2)

Toshito (452851) | about a year ago | (#44132631)

They don't make a version for their own phone OS?

Re:Windows phone??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132973)

It's probably embeded in their OS already.. *puts tinfoil hat back on*

Re:Windows phone??? (3, Interesting)

guttentag (313541) | about a year ago | (#44133005)

They don't make a version for their own phone OS?

Because hardly anyone buys phones with their phone OS. True story... not a troll:

I have a friend who has been anti-smartphone for years. She absolutely refused to buy a smartphone because she knew she'd end up playing with it all the time. Every time her cheap "dumb" phone died, she'd go get another cheap dumb phone. A couple months ago she told me she got a Lumia. I was shocked. She said she only got it because the salesperson was offering it for free because they weren't selling. That and he said it was so bad she figured she wouldn't get sucked into playing with it. Her review after a few weeks: "It's pretty, but I hate using it. Which is exactly what I wanted." Reminds me of Domino in Thunderball (the novel), telling the tobacconist she wants a carton of cigarettes that is so terrible it will make her stop smoking.

I'm not saying no one uses Windows phones. There are people who have them specifically because they hate them and they were free.

Re:Windows phone??? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44133649)

There are people who have them specifically because they hate them and they were free.

Wow, that's technology masochism ... do these people also wear enormous butt plugs and itchy clothes?

I'm afraid I don't follow the logic behind something you hate but that was free ... ghonorea is free too.

Re:Windows phone??? (1)

Toshito (452851) | about a year ago | (#44134621)

That's funny because I have a Lumia 920, and I love it. I had an Android phone before and it was a complete mess of an interface. And there are more apps than on windows phone, but 90% of them are pure crap.

I hate windows 8 with a passion, but the metro interface on a touch phone is very good.

The Lumia is fast, reliable, has a better screen than the iphone, and the camera is great. The navigation and maps are fantastic, I have access to maps for almost every country of the world, and I can choose to download some of them so the navigation works without network access (which I did for Canada and the US).

Add to that the great Nokia Music streaming application (also completely free) with a lot of Canadian, indy and francophone content, and I don't regret my decision of going to the dark side one bit.

And 8bg of space on my skydrive, and the ability to view AND edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint files...

All of that for free.

I don't need 200 applications on my phone, I have the ones I really use and I don't miss anything.

The New Clippy (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about a year ago | (#44132645)

Microsoft's version of Seri.

In other news.. Married Men Go Crazy for new App. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132685)

All men in a relationships would pay ££ for this if the phone detected said wife / spouse / GF's mood and sent them alerts.

Call it "You Gettin' Some Alert Tech." :)

We're sorry, (2)

froth-bite (2777385) | about a year ago | (#44132767)

We sense that re-arranging your icons made you angry...we will find them again, trust us :)

Re:We're sorry, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133995)

would have come in handy for the win8 launch...

Don't get too excited. (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | about a year ago | (#44132781)

It's just a smartphone version of the mood rings that were popular in the '70s.

Datamining (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#44132789)

If this feature catches wind, they can develop some "cool app" which uses the mood information, and which, surprise surprise, does the processing on the server side, giving yet another data point for sucking all data from my personal life.

Missing something? (5, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | about a year ago | (#44132803)

The researchers created a low-power background service for iPhones and Android handsets

I guess they had to drop the Windows phone variant, as the moods only varied between 'disappointed' and 'highly annoyed'.

Re:Missing something? (1)

Smivs (1197859) | about a year ago | (#44132875)

The researchers created a low-power background service for iPhones and Android handsets

I guess they had to drop the Windows phone variant, as the moods only varied between 'disappointed' and 'highly annoyed'.

maybe it just wasn't worth the effort for such a small niche market.

Re:Missing something? (2)

hraponssi (1939850) | about a year ago | (#44134721)

Yes, as a WP user, I find it comforting to know even MS research does not believe it to be something worth using.. :)

Re:Missing something? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44134847)

The data collection for the research was done in China two years ago. Windows phone hadn't been formally launched in China at that point.

Bleh (1)

Starteck81 (917280) | about a year ago | (#44132815)

Can it detect my apathy?

Re:Bleh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44132893)

It would have if anyone had cared enough to code that in, but nobody could be bothered to.

Re:Bleh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133091)

Actually that's detected by Microsoft's sales division.

Accuracy (1)

poofmeisterp (650750) | about a year ago | (#44132889)

From Article:

Using a "hybrid" model that incorporated data from other users, after 10 days 72 per cent accuracy could be achieved.

So I'm reading this as "The new mood detection system is about as accurate as the Human 'reading of minds' or search engine optimization."

Windows 11^H^HMood (1)

poofmeisterp (650750) | about a year ago | (#44132943)

Windows 10 is flopping. Surface is too expensive. MS Bob [wikipedia.org] didn't turn out so well.

This will sell to the tune of billions. Fer Sher.
 
/snark

Re:Windows 11^H^HMood (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44134673)

Snark or not, what the shit are you talking about?

Where they really should add this is Windows 8 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133239)

They should then collect and analyze the data.

Source of Sadness (1)

Servercide (2820403) | about a year ago | (#44133249)

"MoodScope detects that you are sad because you are using Windows". "MoodScope will attempt to Bing for remedies...."

Android? iOS? (1)

daboochmeister (914039) | about a year ago | (#44133267)

What mood are you in when you're not eating your own dogfood, MS?

Subtle Difference (1)

HtR (240250) | about a year ago | (#44133339)

I can see a subtle difference in my expectations, depending on my mood.
When I'm in a good mood, I just want my smart phone to do what I tell it to do.
When I'm in a bad mood, my phone damn well better do exactly what I tell it to do, if it knows what's good for it.

Easy to do. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133369)

It's Windows 8+? The mood is "stressed".

How far (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133551)

How far are they going to take this? Will it pipe my phone calls off to live-mobile.microsucks.com so it can be analysed for the tone of my voice?

This kind of crap is sure to sell more windows phones. /sarcasm off

Ob Monty Python (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about a year ago | (#44133691)

Consumer: I feel happy! I feel happy!
Windows Phone: You're not fooling anyone you know.

for protecting their few phones on the market (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133745)

you see, they are working on a shielding system which when activated in flight, it will protect the Windows Phone phones from distruction on impact. You see, they must first sense the mood of the user to know a toss in frustration was imminent before deploying the protection shield.

Because when you have so little market share, you can't afford to lose even one system.

Re:for protecting their few phones on the market (1)

MiniMike (234881) | about a year ago | (#44135753)

you see, they are working on a shielding system which when activated in flight...

They will probably call it 'Airplane mode', to reduce confusion.

... deploying the protection shield

What would a Windows phone use as a protection shield? A fake Android start-up screen?

Detect this mood (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44133759)

I had a mood ring once. They were really cool when they first came out. What ever happened to them?

So long Microsoft, and thanks for all the fish.

A prediction (1)

ChrisC1234 (953285) | about a year ago | (#44134027)

I can see it now. My phone displays a message stating something to the effect of "It seems like you're having a bad day. Why don't you take a break and relax", shortly before I throw it at the wall as hard as possible. Then I quickly get a new phone without the new "feature".

Leaked source code (2)

RoboJ1M (992925) | about a year ago | (#44134375)

[Flags]
public enum Moods
{
    FeckedOffWithWindows,
    WishingTheydBoughtAnIPhone,
    WishingTheydBoughtAnAndroid,
}

Should work as designed (1)

AegisPrime (2966741) | about a year ago | (#44134511)

Fortunately, all they were able to get working correctly was the 'Frustrated' mood detection. So it should work flawlessly.

this is really going annoy the (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44134755)

5 people who have windows phones :-)

Damned easy to code... for a MS device (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44134759)

IF using MS OS
            THEN IF blue_screen_of_death THEN
                              mood = 'STRESSED'
            ELSE
                              mood = 'DEPRESSED'
ELSE -- Anything but MS
            mood = 'HAPPY'
END IF;

We all know how this'll come out... (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about a year ago | (#44134957)

It'll be all sorts of weird colors for a few months, and then it'll turn black and stay that way.

Simple on a Windows Phone (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about a year ago | (#44135003)

The 'MoodScope' system produced by researchers uses smartphone usage patterns to determine whether someone is happy, calm, excited, bored or stressed ...

This should be easy to implement on a Windows Phone because whenever I use a Microsoft product, I generally end up "angry". To be fair, I had the same emotional result when I tried using Unity...

BBecause I want M$ to have a record of my moods (1)

WOOFYGOOFY (1334993) | about a year ago | (#44135141)

Oh hell yeah sign me up I want M$ to have a detailed records of my moods over a span of years so it can

1) be used against me in a court of law somehow (are you prone to anger? are you moody ? Mr. Maykabuck , are you an expert in mood disorders and what can you tell us about the defendant from this record? )

2) be used to deny me a job, without me ever knowing !

  3) used to compromise me in some other way I am not creative enough to think of..

Naww.. what am I worry about....M$ would never do that....

funding MS funds tyranny (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44136231)

this revision is probably just an early prototype but it funds future versions that rat you out to local federalized "authorities".
this is the kind of shit they have been working on. just like the nypd surveillence grid. just remember you paid for it when the brownshirts haul your kids and/or grandkids off you %^&*$#@ dumbass.

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