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5 Thoughts on Amazon's Reported Plans for an Emotion-Detecting Wearable

Eric Jhonsa

With the qualifier that (as mentioned by Bloomberg) there's no guarantee this device will be commercialized, here are a few quick thoughts on Amazon's reported efforts. Since such a device would have to be constantly listening to a user's voice to gauge his or her emotions, it would raise privacy concerns of a very different kind than voice assistant-powered devices like Amazon's Echo speakers, which only listen in after a wake command (e.g., "Hey, Alexa") is spoken. Presumably, Amazon would avoid sending back the audio processed by the AI/deep learning models run on its wearable device to its data centers.