A reporter shares his experiences visiting Sension, a company based in the Menlo Park offices of Highland Capital for the summer. Sension is among a handful of businesses making strides in emotion-recognition technology. The tools can analyze facial expressions and vocal patterns for signs of specific emotions: Happiness, sadness, anger, frustration and more.
"Last week, I stood in the cramped office of a Sand Hill Road venture capital firm, staring through Google Glass eyewear at an 18-year-old with a blank expression.
"In the display above my right eye, the word 'neutral' appeared. Then he cracked a wide smile and the word changed to 'happy."'