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Q Sensor: The data of our emotions

People are good at hiding their emotions. But now a device aims to make them visible for all to see.

Adam Shaw checks out the Q Sensor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a wireless sensor, which measures electricity conducted through the skin.

It can detect whether people are bored, stressed or excited and can be used in market research, therapy or science

It is also being tested by autistic volunteers – it can read their feelings, where words fail to communicate their emotions.

It’s helping those with seizures and autism better understand and manage their behaviour.

In fact anywhere there’s emotion; there could be an application for this kind of sensor – helping people across the globe better understand themselves.

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