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Tech Startup Develops Software That Detects Emotional Response of Users

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Little Dragon, a startup has developed smart educational software designed to sniff out the emotional response of users and reflect it back to them through UI choices.

The company was recently featured as part of TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Alley in the U.K., where it was part of the artificial intelligence lineup.

“We’re building feedback between the user and the game that allows us to predict to a certain degree the emotional state of the user or player,” co-founder and CEO Martin Raasch told Digital Trends.

“In the future, we want this to be part of educational software that can take that information into account when a user is learning. If the system predicts the user is bored, new content can be added in. If they’re distracted or frustrated, we can learn that information, too. The idea is to keep learners engaged.”

Little Dragon’s technology is based on the facial recognition tools developed by the company Affectiva, one of the leading players in emotion-sensing technology.

On top of this, however, they have developed their own reinforcement learning system: a type of AI which autonomously hones strategies — in this case trying to keep the learner as engaged as possible.

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