Wow, this is probably something that will never see light of day, if ever. The device called Empathy from RIM is able to detect the emotions of your BlackBerry contacts using a ‘mood-ring’, and also acts as a fully functional touchscreen that goes transparent when in standby.
The device of course is just a concept. More to the point, a design project for the Art Center College of Design. It’s notable, and probably defining factor is that it can transmit your emotions via the phone using a biometric feedback ring which is then displayed and indicated by coloured rings. See the video below for more of an idea how that works, it is not that clear mind you.
I don’t feel as though there is any need for communicating our emotions just by holding a phone and wearing a ring, but at least it sounds easier than updating our status on our favorite social networking website. Either that or knowing who to BBM when they are feeling sad, happy or angry.
Some may look at this as a potential masterpiece, others may argue that is conceptually ugly and pointless. I’ll let you decide what category you fit in to. Personally I’m all for future innovations, so i’d love to get my hands on one.
What are your views on the BlackBerry Empathy?