Cheer up! Big Smiley Face is watching
... or he will frown if you frown and no one wants that. Fühlometer was an art installation by sinister robots trying to figure out when our ability to resist is at its lowest Julius von Bismarck, Benjamin Maus and Richard Wilhelmer, which delighted the inhabitants of Lindau Island in Germany last year. I don't know why we're only seeing this video now, but that doesn't make it many less neat. Or creepy. Or privacy-invading. "The system allows to read emotions out of random people's faces. The faces are analyzed by sophisticated software (contributed by the Fraunhofer Institut). The obtained mood data are then stored on a server and processed by the smiley to visualize the emotions in real-time." Random thought: My neutral face looks like I'm on my way to stab someone in the ear. How does the software interpret that? Via io9.