Virtual assistants

Report: Amazon is designing a device that can gauge users' emotion

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Amazon is designing a wearable "health and wellness product" that can understand and categorize human emotion by analyzing a person's voice, Bloomberg reports.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Erica Pandey: Amazon wants to collect as much data as it can from its customers and use it to get better at marketing and selling products. Should it somehow perfect access to shoppers' emotional states, it could take that data collection many steps farther than keeping tabs on purchase history or music taste.

Comcast joins the health tech arena

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Comcast is working on an in-home device to monitor people's health, with the intention of rolling it out next year, CNBC reports.

How it works: The device would use ambient sensors to track people's basic health metrics, like whether they're making more trips to the bathroom or staying in bed longer than usual. Tools are also being built to detect falls.