CES 2018: voice recognition keeps getting emotional

  • 19 Jan
  • 2 min

Voice control is no longer the prerogative of the smart home only: if emotion data is valuable for retail, it also is for health.

Amazon's Alexa and Google Home were still in the spotlight at CES this year, reflecting the global focus on voice assistant integration innovation. The growing ubiquity of voice-powered devices will not only make a home smarter, but will also open doors to help medical science understand human emotion. The ability to use voice recognition to understand human emotion can transform traditional remote health services and ultimately, save lives. The Israeli startup Beyond Verbal was created five years ago and utilizes machines to understand emotions through human intonations. Present at CES for the second year in a row,  this year the company is applying their technology to help people monitor their health and their relatives' health. Beyond Verbal's technology is based on 21 years of research of over 2.3 million voice samples in 170 different countries. It can figure out people's moods and character traits based on raw vocal intonations. The vocal parameters extracted help reveal vocal biomarkers, which means that analyzing temper, valence and arousal inform understanding of health conditions. It is a nonintrusive technology that has the potential to predict a heart attack before it happens (alerting the patient and his healthcare provider), and to identify Coronary Artery DiseaseAutism Spectrum Disorder and Parkinson's disease.
By Marie-Eléonore Noiré