Future Lumias may watch your mood, snap your picture for custom emoticons

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You better not use your phone when you are crying, as your Nokia Lumia may automatically immortalize that moment for a custom sad face :’-( emoticon.

According to a new patent from Nokia your Windows Phone would detect your mood by looking at elements   such as typing speed, typing pressure, the use of the back space key and even an external device.

Once an emotion is identified the front-facing camera may then snap a picture which can later be used in place of generic emoticons.

Of course knowing the mood of the user can also have other benefits, such as changing profiles and the like.

Do our readers agree the new technology is a big (or a lot) creepy? Let us know below.

See the patent description after the break.

We are known to represent emotions in text-based messages, such as short message service (SMS) messages, emails, blogs and such like, using emoticons. These are constructed from two or more ASCII characters, and often represent a human face having a certain expression. Emoticons can be inserted into text by a user entering the relevant sequence of ASCII characters. With some mobile devices, emoticons can be selected from a menu and then inserted into text.

A first aspect of the invention provides a method comprising:

monitoring inputs to a device from a user;
using the user inputs to track an emotional condition of the user;
detecting a change in the tracked emotional condition of the user; and
in response to detecting the change, using a camera to capture an image of the user and inserting the image into a content item.

Detecting a change in the tracked emotional condition of the user may comprise determining that there has been a change in the emotional condition of the user.

The camera may be a front camera of the device.

[0010] The method may comprise communicating the content item from the device to a remote apparatus.

Using the user inputs to track an emotional condition of the user may comprise tracking a typing speed of the user and detecting a change in the tracked emotional condition of the user may comprise detecting a change in typing speed.

[0012] Using the user inputs to track an emotional condition of the user may comprise detecting a frequency of use of a backspace or delete function and detecting a change in the tracked emotional condition of the user may comprise detecting an increase in the frequency of use of a backspace or delete function.

[0013] Using the user inputs to track an emotional condition of the user may comprise monitoring a typing pressure of the user and detecting a change in the tracked emotional condition of the user may comprise detecting a change in average typing pressure. Detecting a change in the tracked emotional condition of the user may comprises determining that there has been a change in typing speed.

[0014] Using the user inputs to track an emotional condition of the user may comprise monitoring a physiological parameter of the user and detecting a change in the tracked emotional condition of the user may comprises detecting a change in the physiological parameter. Detecting a change in the tracked emotional condition of the user may comprises determining that there has been a change in the physiological parameter.

[0015] Using the user inputs to track an emotional condition of the user and to detect a change in the tracked emotional condition of the user may comprise detecting the typing by the user of plural characters that together constitute an emoticon. Detecting a change in the tracked emotional condition of the user may comprise determining that a user has typed plural characters that together constitute an emoticon.

Via NPU

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