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Am I Boring You?

Now there's a device that can tell a person if s/he's being boring or irritating. The article specifically mentions its use with autistic people who may not have the skills to recognize common facial cues of boredom or irritation, but my question is, once they're alerted - what do they do about it?

Then I thought about how cool it would be to use it as a kind of biofeedback thing. Like, aim the camera at yourself and have it buzz you when you look like you're about to either nod off or deck someone. Or, even better, aim it at other people but instead of a gentle buzzing of your eyeglass frames when your conversational partner looks bored, a 40-decibel klaxon horn sounds. That'll keep them awake! Once they've cleaned up their puddle, you can simply say "You looked like you might be nodding off." Of course, that will immediately set off the "irritated" alarm...


Mar. 29th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
I can't wait until it's on sale at Fry's.