In-Car Facial Recognition Detects Angry Drivers To Prevent Road Rage

Passengers in a car can help calm an angry driver when another vehicle cuts them off. But when a driver is alone, that anger can easily turn into road rage which puts everyone at risk. So researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne—or EPFL for short—are working on an in-car facial recognition system that… » 3/14/14 9:20am 3/14/14 9:20am

Four-year-old adorably starts crying because of a beautifully sad song

Watch Jackson, an awesome four-year-old kid, become overwhelmed by a beautifully sad song while riding in his Dad's car. He tries to fight off the tears but he can't help it. He starts crying because the music is so touching but he doesn't want to change the song. He can't. He takes off his glasses to feel the hurt… » 2/04/14 12:31am 2/04/14 12:31am

This Funhouse Mirror Can Reflect Back a Smile When You're Frowning

Promising to revolutionize the amusement park funhouse as we know it, researchers at the University of Tokyo's Hirose-Tanikawa lab have created a remarkable mirror that does more than just make someone look overly thin or tall. It's actually able to change the emotion on someone's face, replacing a frown with a smile, … » 12/03/13 9:40am 12/03/13 9:40am

Charles Darwin Is Helping Facebook Reinvent the Emoticon

Emoticons have wholly integrated into modern language. Tweens communicate in nothing but nonsensical strings of emojis, and artists use them to create entire tales. But even with widespread use, emoticons' emotions have remained relatively 1-dimensional since their inception. » 2/08/13 3:40pm 2/08/13 3:40pm

How Your Video Game Character Could Soon Share Your Rage Face

You spent hours tweaking your Xbox or Nintendo avatar to look exactly like you, but researchers at the EPFL are taking things one step further with a Kinect-based system that can translate your facial expressions and emotions to your online persona. So the next time you're cursing into your headset after a loss in » 11/15/12 11:55am 11/15/12 11:55am

Let This Robot Give You a Lesson in Facial Expressions

I have approximately three facial expressions: staring at computer (eyes glazed), staring at TV (eyes more glazed), and staring at phone (eyes focused, brow furrowed). Watching this truly freakishly expressive robot, however, I frowned a bit. » 10/27/10 5:40pm 10/27/10 5:40pm

Build a Mood Ring For the Entire World

How's the world feeling right now? There's only one way to find out—build yourself one of these handsome Arduino-powered, Twitter-parsing LED mood lights.


The Twitter Mood Light is better than a mood ring because it's actually a reflection of how people are feeling. As its creator explains: » 5/13/10 10:20pm 5/13/10 10:20pm

Researchers Discover Emotions Surpass Technical Limitations of Instant …

Now there's officially no reason to leave the house. Ever. We can call in food, clothing and gadget deliveries. We can pay our bills online. Thanks to infomercials, we can exercise in the comfort of a door frame. And today we discover that we can get all randy (or depressed) chatting with significant others on IM or… » 10/26/08 10:00am 10/26/08 10:00am