Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) have published results from a new study that seeks to discover whether wearable devices could potentially predict conflicts between couples.

The study used wearable devices to track the subjects’ body temperature, heart rate activity, and sweat levels, cross-referencing them with audio recordings, which were analyzed to gain insight into the content and intensity of speech thus determining whether a potential conflict could occur.

The goal is to come out with an algorithm to prevent conflicts 5 minutes ahead of time. Currently, the accuracy of the device was at 80-90%. The wearables were paired with a smartphone which alerted the user of a potential for conflict. The current algorithm allows for a generalized system in detecting conflicts, but the researchers are hoping to eventually use their system to collect enough data on individual couples to identify the personal quirks in their conflict patterns.

Reminds us of Precogs.


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