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Now that the importance of selfies is well understood, Sony has filed a patent on mobile technology that takes selfies continually, and even picks out the good ones for us.

The patent outlines a way for a phone, camera, or augmented reality device (like Google Glass) to take photos of the user continually throughout the day and night. The images are sent over a secure network to a server that processes them. The software then detects the emotional states displayed in each photo, and tags them as such.

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 3.53.03 PMThen it’s possible to search for all the happy moments throughout the day, for example, or all the sad ones. All the selfies that show a blank expression could be filtered out. The technology also offers ways of creating timelines of various emotional events — represented by images — throughout the day.

The system takes photos of the user during sleep, which might reveal some useful things about sleep quality and patterns. Or it might just be creepy.


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There are some glaring privacy concerns with the technology. With so many selfies being shot and sent over a network, the target for would-be image thieves gets much bigger.

Research courtesy of SmartUp Legal.

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