Cheer Up, Sad SMS Clown

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I actually know someone who was dumped over an SMS. Now, it's not the best way to do things, but at least, if they guy had used the eMoto mobile messaging service, he could have gotten away looking a little more like a human than an insensitive schmuck (though don't get me wrong, I still don't advocate the digital break-up). The SICS, The Swedish Insitute of Computer Science and Stockolm University/KTH, has come up with the eMoto service, which seems to use some sort of odd technology to take the message you've sent and translate it into an emotional equivalent using colors, shapes and animations. So, like, breaking up with someone could have a picture of an animated guy saying, "It's not you, it's me." In Green. The actual technology isn't translated very well, but the website says this,

Emotional communication between people meeting physically in the "real world" make use of many different channels, such as facial expression, body posture, gestures, or tone of voice, little of this physicality of emotions is used in a similar digital context. In eMoto users therefore use affective gestures to convey the emotional content of their messages which are then translated and communicated in colors, shapes and animations.


Got it? Good.

eMoto - Expressing emotions in a digital world [Sics]

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