MoodBox: Meet the emotionally intelligent speaker on Indiegogo that wants to get to know you

The “world’s first emotionally intelligent speaker”, the MoodBox, has successfully achieved its initial funding goal of $40,000 (£28,000, €35,000). The 360 degree omnidirectional device – set to begin worldwide shipping in August 2016 – houses an artificial intelligence named Emi, a voice-activated personal assistant that employs a predictive model of deep learning to choose the perfect tune to match your changing mood. While at first glance the MoodBox looks deceptively like a typical Bluetooth music player crossed with a lava lamp, its creators are promising that the MoodBox will also tell you the time, give weather updates and act as a friendly alarm clock to break your slumber with appropriate lighting and wake-up melodies. Developed by iVo Technologies, a company founded by students and alumni from the Hong Kong University…


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