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Impacting Happiness in the home - Behavioral Signals

Impacting Happiness in the Home

A happy home is a healthy home. It is the foundation from which we grow, create, and embark on each day/year/generation of life. By nesting in a loving, supportive domicile, an inhabitant’s joy flourishes, priming them for success outside the home as well as within it.

The world needs happiness to thrive. In fact, the United Nations celebrates the importance of happiness in ending poverty, reducing inequality, and sustaining our planet. Seeing as how Earth is home to us all, keeping it harmonious is a goal to which we can all aspire.

But let’s focus on more attainable goals before we go global. How can we create a happy house through the use of Emotion AI? Take a joyous journey with us…

Your Home is Listening

Smart homes are a marvel of technological advancement. They take verbal commands, react to our every whim, and encase us in modern convenience around every digitally designated corner.

And the financial sector has taken note. With tens of millions of Echo units sold in 2018, Amazon’s numbers speak (and listen) for themselves. But the statistic that tickles us the most is this one: Alexa told upwards of 100 million jokes to her human companions last year. It proves one uplifting truth about our collective humanity: we crave happiness and seek a comedic connection from our AI partners.

Now imagine if Alexa not only told jokes on command but also when you don’t even think to ask. Let’s say you mumble your standard “Alexa, lights” command, but the tone of your voice is decidedly less happy than usual. If your AI is equipped with an Emotion AI detector, she will sense that your mood is down. And based on your past reactions to her quips, she should know which jokes you like the best (judging from the pitch and volume of your laughter, for example). Putting all this data together, Alexa’s emotional intelligence should deliver a zinger to try and cheer you up, even if you don’t request it explicitly.

This is the future of emotionally happy home systems, and it’s a future for which we are gleefully equipped. Our patented Emotion Recognition System quantifies subtle permutations in your vocal patterns, the rhythm, and urgency of your speech, and the aggregate information compiled when you interact with your AI system over time. Using all of this data, we are able to determine myriad inflections in your countenance throughout the day and can map your happiness accordingly.

When we extrapolate our proficiency on a house-wide basis, the possibilities become as exciting as they are limitless. Using the Alexa joke paradigm from earlier, she could know when you need a chuckle in the living room versus when you’re seeking serenity in your den. As an emotionally intelligent AI unit, she will know when levity is appropriate and deliver it as your ideal robotic companion.

Beyond the Punchlines

AI software has the capacity to provide you with so much more than jokes; in a home system, it can literally hug you with emotional support. Your abode surrounds you with sights, sounds, and atmosphere. If it can sense how you’re feeling on an acute level, it can react with the sensations you need at any given time.

Case in point: central air conditioning. Reports indicate that human beings are most content in weather that ranges from approximately 50 degrees to 70 degrees (Fahrenheit). Your individual climactic tastes may vary from that spectrum, and your Emotion AI should understand your likes and dislikes. Once you have established your preferred temperature, a smart home system can immerse you in the perfect temperature for your given mood.

For example, if you return home on a particularly hot day, and you have a track record of negative behavior due to your affinity for cool weather, then your AI will account for just such an eventuality. When you walk in the front door, she can greet you with a pleasant blast of cool air (and maybe even a misting spray of moisture) as you unwind in a climate perfectly suited for your unique profile of satisfactory stimuli.

Lending a Helping, Mechanized Hand

Climate control lays the groundwork for a content demeanor, but Emotion AI can also pitch in to make your smart home a true partner in your pursuit of happiness. Mood lighting will implicitly know when you want to give your eyes a break from the brightness of the day. Home theater systems can analyze the frequency of your voice and respond with the perfect rom-com or action flick to satisfy your entertainment needs.

In short, Emotion AI can make your smart home even smarter on a deep, soulful level.

Family Unit, Meet AI Unit

We have discussed the many ways in which mood detection can meet and exceed the needs of an individual on a home-wide scale, but just imagine amplifying this happiness across your entire family. Understanding how each member of the family communicates helps an AI system determine what your group needs as a whole.

Your voice assistant can provide helpful tips in the kitchen to aid in the preparation of a perfect family dinner. On the other end of the vast array of proficiencies, it could also alert you when one member of your group is depressed, recommending care and attention where it’s needed most. From meals to therapy, an emotion-detection home AI provides true sustenance to your family from bedtime to summer vacation and back again. Are you ready to welcome a new addition to your increasingly happy home?

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