Challenge: Automated emotional recognition and environmental adaptation
Mental health challenges such as post-traumatic stress, autism spectrum disorders, and aging-related cognitive decline are difficult to treat, and access to trained therapists is limited. Existing sleep and meditation pods can sooth healthy individuals, but are not capable of recognizing and adapting to emotional responses.
The Technology: Interactive Emotive Spaces
Emotive booths, kiosks, and other adaptive structures interact with individual users by deriving a perceived emotional state associated with physiological data received from the user and dynamically using this perceived emotional state to control the shape and other characteristics of the environment in a manner intended to elicit emotional responses and improve mental health. This technology can augment caregiver efforts and enable greater productivity and independence of users.
• Machine learning enhances real-time emotional recognition overall and for individual users.
• Real-time changes to space to alter mood based on detected emotional state.
• Systems can be placed in homes or institutions (e.g., schools, police departments, libraries) for use when live therapists are not available.
• Physical and data privacy measures can allow for optional anonymity or user-authorized personalization and data access by a provider.
Provisional U.S. patent application has been filed.