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BlackBerry could soon look deep into users’ hearts using technological wizardry

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Research in Motion has a patent pending for a feature that would figure out how a user is feeling when they’re texting, and reflect it for recipients—a futuristic idea that (we hope) will stem criticism about RIM’s lack of innovation. The phone would guess at the texter’s mood using motion sensors, as well as galvanic skin-response sensors to determine blood pressure and heart rate, and (somewhat creepily) the front-facing camera to capture facial expression. The font, size and colour of the text would change depending on how the sender feels—for instance, red, bold and large could mean ”frustrated,” blue and small could mean “sad,” and green and wavy could mean “creeped out by the fact that their phone knows how they feel.” [Wired]