‘That’s cool’, I thought, ‘emotion sensing computers. Bit far-fetched though, surely?’ But there are many examples of ‘affective computing’ being used today. How amazing that emotion sensing computers are helping people with autism learn how to interact with those around them, and that scientists are using biometric sensing devices to help understand patients’ pain and treat them more effectively.

How cool would it be to translate these capabilities into the workplace? 

If the same wearables could be developed for use in the corporate setting that would be awesome. Think how you could pep up your presentation if you had the ability to spot if your audience’s attention was wandering, or how useful it would be to know that something was really resonating so that you could elaborate on that last slide.  

If people are predicting cars that warn you to drive more carefully if you seem stressed, or fridges that stop you reaching for a comforting snack when you seem low, then there must be so many ways that ‘affective computing’ could be translated into the world of b2b technology marketing. 

I’m looking forward to seeing what arrives first.