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We have designed a prototype of an affective wearable computer and demonstrated many issues that need to be considered in the development of such systems. Bio-metric sensors need to be developed that are both accurate and robust to motion artifacts yet unobtrusive and comfortable to wear. Sensors that can allow the wearable to be aware of the users context (home or office), and level of physical activity (sitting, walking, coughing) need to be incorporated. Pattern recognition and analysis techniques for affect recognition which integrate this context information and which are able to operate in real time on a single user need to be developed. Such developments will enable many new future applications, some of which are described here. We also demonstrated one major step toward one of the information-overload management applications, the StartleCam, which has already been achieved with the current state of affective and wearable technology.

Jennifer Healey -