After buying online pharmacy PillPack to the tune of $753 million, Amazon has a voice-activated wearable device that reads human emotions underway.
Code-named Dylan, the wrist-worn gadget is a collaboration between Lab126, the online retail giant’s hardware development group, and the Alexa voice software team.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the device comes with microphones that detect the
emotional state of a user by the sound of their voice. Described as a health and wellness product by internal documents collected by the news company, Dylan is likely to speed up Amazon’s entry into the healthcare industry.
The eCommerce company declined to comment on the report, so it is unclear how far along the project is or whether it’s going to be commercially available. However, a person privy to the information said a beta testing program has already begun.
Creation of more lifelike voice assistants
Amazon is dead set on making its presence felt in the healthcare industry. In fact, it announced earlier this year that it’s going to use its artificial intelligence to cut administrative costs in hospitals.
The company’s ultimate goal, though, is to create more virtual assistants with lifelike voice for understanding human emotions. Aside from its wearable device, Amazon’s Echo smart speakers surely validate this.
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