WAREABLE - Apr 2 - Looxid Labs has a technology for reading emotions using a combination of eye tracking and brain wave-detection. Looxid has made a mobile VR headset with all this built in, but it's also created attachments that can slot onto the HTC Vive - a crowd of EEG sensors for the forehead, and eye trackers under the lenses - which deliver the same experience. The headset reads brain waves to try and work out what types of faces people find attractive. The company plans to start shipping developer kits this summer for $3K.
PR NEWSWIRE - Dec 20 - Sentimente.com, one of the players on the online dating market in South-Eastern Europe, has launched a new version of the platform with the help of Artificial Intelligence. WallY - the new star feature - generates a personalized dashboard for every user based on the user's profile and his/her behavior on the site (people he/she interacts with, likes he/she gives, profiles watched etc.). In this way, Sentimente.com gives its users the chance to start a conversation based on real-time data.
THE CONVERSATION - Oct 12 - Facebook has launched a show called Virtually Dating, a version of a blind date using HTC Vive VR technology. Then, for those who are struggling with dating altogether, an app for HTC Vive offers dating lessons. The effect VR dating could have on our social structure is still unknown, but a recent study by researchers at West Virginia University and the University of Illinois looked at first physical date success after initial contact through online dating. In many cases, a decline in attraction occurred after the first face to face date, in spite of previously favourable online interactions. A VR date might be a more intense and personal experience. Moving from screen to VR invokes "presence" – the feeling of actually being in the virtual space itself.
NATIONAL POST - Apr 25 - Tech companies are investing big bucks and testing what they see as digital dating 2.0: virtual reality. vTime is a free app that offers experiences like virtual comedy clubs, co-gaming experiences and art galleries. Elitist dating app The League is testing "Love Without Limits," a collaboration with Oculus and River Studios, to throw VR blind date parties across America. Cerevrum, which traditionally created apps to help improve public speaking skills, now has a VR dating training course. eHarmony predicts we'll regularly go on full-sensory VR dates by 2040.
BBC - Feb 22 - Life-changing things have happened to millions of people thanks to that simple swipe-yes-swipe-no interface. Tinder is now a serious technology company, and by far the most popular dating app worldwide. Mr Rad is the chairman of both Tinder and Swipe Ventures, the arm of the company designed to buy other dating-related technologies. One of which is artificial intelligence. "AI will definitely impact dating," Mr Rad said, noting Tinder is popular for so many people because it allows us to show interest in a person without the fear of rejection. "You can imagine how, with augmented reality, that experience could happen in the room, in real time. The impact is profound as these devices get closer to your senses, to your eyes, to your experiences."
FORBES - Feb 14 - Tinder founder and chairman Sean Rad sat down for The Forbes Interview podcast to talk about the future of Tinder and how A.I. and A.R. will change dating forever. You can listen here.
CNET - Feb 14 - Virtual reality will change the way we use computers, and possibly the way we date. In 2012, Oculus took the industry by storm and two year later Facebook snatched it up for $3B. Since then, companies from Google to Sony to Microsoft and Apple have gotten involved in VR tech in some way. Some developers are imagining how it can be used to go on dates. eHarmony predicts we'll regularly go on full-sensory (including smelling your partner's perfume) VR dates by 2040. And it might happen with apps like vTime, which works on devices ranging from the $599 Oculus Rift to the often-free Google Cardboard, which is powered by the smartphone. vTime it started off with a VR cooking simulator called Hypercook in 2013. Now it's looking into dating.
TECH CRUNCH - Jan 13 - Once, a dating app with ~600K users, announced an integration with Fitbit and Android Wear. Once lets users see their heart rate when they look at their matches. In the next version of the app, the user will be able to opt-in to a feature that will send their heart rate to their match once it's recorded. When you catch sight of your beloved and your heart starts racing, that's because of an adrenaline rush, said Dr. Reginald Ho, a cardiac electrophysiologist.
ACCESSWIRE - Jan 13 - The Grade's Apple Watch app enables users to have quick access to their matches and messages right from the wrist, including robust browsing and messaging functionality. The app also includes the use of the dictation feature, which enables speech to text functionality.
TECH CRUNCH - Aug 23 - Wearables currently decipher physiological biometrics, but in the coming years, we'll see emotion-sensing wearable technology that clues us into specific human emotions. When this data is shared across networks, we'll enter the dawn of the "Emotional Internet." Much of this research and development is part of the emerging field of affective computing, which examines ways to create sensors and computers that can detect and respond to human emotions. By studying speech patterns, facial expressions, body gestures and physiological reactions to specific stimuli, researchers hope to amass a database of emotions they can train computers to recognize and interact with.
Mark Brooks: Thanks to Dr Kilpatrick at BeehiveID for sharing this article. His comment... "It would be cool if you could get emotional feedback after a date. I think this kind of thing is going to be really hard to measure, though." What do you think? How creepy would this be? Please comment.
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DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - July 7 - Developers in Texas have created an app that uses heart rate to determine how users really feel about a person's profile on Tinder. Called Hands-Free Tinder, it uses heart rate sensors built into wearables. When a profile is opened, the heart rate monitor starts tracking the wearer's pulse and if there is a noticeable increase, it assumes they like the profile and the app automatically generates a right swipe. The app will launch 'soon' on the Apple App Store as well as Google Play.
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DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - May 26 - Serendip watch is designed to be worn by single people looking for 'the one' and gives wearers a signal when a potential match is nearby. The Serendip claims to be the 'world's first dating smartwatch,' although it is still being developed and is raising cash on Kickstarter. The watch vibrates when a potential match is in sight, but it's not clear exactly how the watch will point out ‘the one’ in a busy train. The Serendip is available to pre-order on Kickstarter for $49 and is expected to ship in January next year.
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MACWORLD - May 20 - Tinder, OkCupid and Match.com were quickly to introduce a Watch app, but a few other lesser-known dating sites introduced Apple watch apps this month. Clover cuts to the chase with its "on-demand" dating. With two taps, the Clover Watch app finds users a nearby date and suggests hotspots where the two can meet. WatchMe88 works like a radar that detects singles nearby. Apple Watch faces start to glow if two compatible users are close to each other. Another app in development is "Close Encounter". The app ditches the profile photos and focuses on personality. Users get notified whenever there's a match nearby. Jack'd claims to have created the first Apple Watch app for gay guys.