Cambridge Professor Creates Creepy, Emotion-Sensing GPS System (video)

by: christopher trout

Meet Charles: the robotic GPS system that can tell when you’ve got road rage. Yes, he’s a tad scary looking, but according to the Cambridge professor who created him, you won’t feel like throwing him out the window when you’re frustrated. The disembodied satnav robot (head and torso only), which sits in the passengers seat, is designed to respond to a driver’s emotional cues, like facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice. Charles takes this information and responds accordingly, providing sympathetic phrases when he senses frustration. Researchers say the robot is about 70 percent accurate at detecting emotion, or about as accurate as any human. We say a backseat driver that can’t hit back is 100 percent awesome.

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