Mood phone in the make?

According to, a student has won a price awarded by Motorola for a competition to make the world “seamlessly mobile”. Student John Finan has written an essay (PDF) about a ‘mood phone’ that would be very useful for someone with e.g. the Asperger sydrome, a mild form of autism that makes it difficult to assess non-verbal clues.

This raises some interesting questions, e.g. whether human emotions are attributable to machines (yes, I think, to some extent), and how this transforms ‘the medium into the message’.

More info in this Herald Sun article.

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