Identifying and tracking mental states just by speaking to an Apple watch.
TOKYO, April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Smartmedical Corp. announces the launch of its EmoWatch App, the first vocal emotion recognition app for Apple Watch. Based on Empath, Smartmedical's proprietary vocal emotion recognition technology, the app identifies and tracks users' emotions from their voices, regardless of language, by analyzing multiple vocal properties such as intonation, pitch, speed, and volume.
"EmoWatch enables users to easily measure and monitor their emotional state. All they have to do is speak to their Apple Watch," says Takaaki Shimoji, a Smartmedical Corp. board director. "In order to maintain healthy mental well-being, it is very important to be aware of one's mental state. The app tracks and charts mental states so that users can check their mood in any situation."
The app charts users' energy points, a barometer that measures how energetic they are. The barometer consists of the proportion of four emotions: joy, sorrow, anger, and calm. "Though emotion recognition technology can detect various mental states, it's difficult for users to interpret their emotions if there are more indicators than necessary. The app gauges a user's well-being, detecting whether their mental state is positive or negative. We created this original barometer by analyzing correlations with POMS (Profile of Mood States) scores," added Mr. Shimoji.
The app is available for download at iTunes.
Smartmedical's Web Empath API is now available for developers. To register for Web Empath API, visit https://webempath.net/ for details.
Smartmedical Corp., comprised of PCC and ICT self-care divisions, is the leading authority in developing PCC (Primary Care Clinics), new medical service platforms at and near railway stations in Tokyo and major cities in Japan that provide preventive medical services and primary care. ICT self-care division supports PCC projects with its advanced ICT technology. It develops and licenses Empath, vocal emotion recognition technology for mental health care. In addition to mental health care services, multiple service sectors such as robotics, call centers, and VR also utilize Empath technology.
By analyzing multiple physical properties of the voice, Empath can identify emotions in real-time, regardless of language. It has been developed and refined through collaborative research programs with prestigious universities such as the University of Tokyo and Nara Institute of Science and Technology. Empath won the 2015 Japan Resilience Award first prize, and an excellence award at MCPC Award 2015.
For more information on Empath, please visit https://webempath.net/lp-eng/.
R&D Manager of ICT Self-care Division
SOURCE Smartmedical Corp.