Two forward-thinking design students have caused a stir with their vision of how BlackBerry phones could look in future, with the creation of a clever concept device that reads and reacts to users emotions.
Check out the handset in action in the clip below
Dubbed the BlackBerry Empathy, the smartphone, which surfaced on design site Yendo features a biometrics ring that transfers users’ emotional state of mind directly to their smartie and displays those of your chums too so you can keep an eye on their wellbeing.
Sounds a little bit bonkers, no? And a teensy bit intrusive. But a lot brilliant too.
Kiki Tang and Daniel Yoon, whose work snared them top prize in a design comp run by BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, said: "It is of course touch based and all the user’s connections are shown graphically so you can see who is connected to whom. Each contact has an avatar that is encompassed by two coloured rings."
They added: “Another important feature…[is] the Emotional Health Chart. This chart would monitor the user’s emotional health through an indefinite period of time. One would be able to see how a certain event or phone call has affected the user.
“Obviously, if the chart shows someone is always upset, there would be a problem…if permitted, a user would be able to view other users charts as well.”
Chances of this showing up anytime soon are slim to none. Biometric tech simply isn’t up to the job right now. But you’d have to say that it makes the likes of HTC Sense and other social networking skins look a bit last-decade already.