There are a plethora of new companies working on mood awareness in technology, especially in the music software world. Apps like Songza take various inputs into account, like time of day or weather, try to guess your mood, and then play context appropriate music. That’s pretty cool. It’s another level of personalization, an answer to an ever growing (perceived? created?) desire for customization. At the very least it’s a differentiator. Nevertheless, it’s a lot of amazing technology set up to just choose a bunch of songs for you, instead of deciding for yourself what you want to listen to. Like a personal digital DJ that’s trying to read your mind.
But what else can we do with mood detection? What about telling you what your mood is? Or how about how your mood is perceived by others?Finish Reading »