A strange new application has turned up for Android users that wants to turn your mobile phone into a therapist. The application is called Emotionsense and it’s designed to monitor your text messages, calls, sounds, and your location to predict your mood. The goal of the application is to reveal when you’re at your most stressed or happiest.
This application has the potential to literally help you find your happy place. The app is available free of charge and was developed by the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. The information the application collects is monitored invisibly. Information is gathered from the smartphone’s GPS system, accelerometer, and microphone. The app is able to develop a pattern of habits for the phone owner as they go about their day.
The application was developed as part of a research project started at the University with the goal of determining how smartphones can be used to record people’s mood in the real world. The smartphone is a particularly good platform for this sort of monitoring because many people have their device with them at all times.
During the day, the app will generate a pop-up window asking the user how they’re feeling. The user will be able to rank their mood from positive to negative and note how active they have been. Hopefully users of the Apple be able to take advantage of the information to help improve their mood.