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Jan 28

Technology giving happiness and satisfaction to all

By zealousys

Technology can at times be a great disaster for you. You are always put in a state of dilemma when you have a whole lot of mail in the inbox, constant rings that you get from your cell phone and slightest view of your laptop will make your thoughts go official. All this has been made possible just because of the advances in the field of telecommunications and computers.
Instead of creating a whole lot of stress in our lives, what would happen if technology gave us a whole load of happiness? Many consumer products these days are made with the idea of making people healthy and happy.

Technology has been helping people to improve their personal lives a lot. Moreover, technology has been able to help people get positive and better results in the workplace too. With the help of technology, you are able to communicate with others much better, make team works run smoothly, and gain a lot of work satisfaction. This can help the workers of an organization to have the feeling of satisfaction and energy which cannot be given by any other source. To make this possible, there has to be a perfect blend of psychology and engineering in the right proportions.

The first ever effort made to bring this dream to pass started in the early 2000s. MIT professor, Alex Petland was a researcher who brought into light the use of wearable sensors for the purpose of studying a person’s well being. To understand a person well, is possible through the traditional methods of written surveys or interviews. But majority of the communication of human beings is not verbal. The non verbal means like posture, intonation or gesture actually comprises of the majority of language of humans.

With the help of a wearable sensor that contains microphones, infrared transmitters and accelerometers which was given the name “Sociometer” (PDF) by Petland, was able to detect a person’s voice pitch and movements. It also gets details about the experienced, patterns of behavior and communicative styles of the person wearing it. The sensors of the early times weighed almost 200 grams. It did not have the right storage capacity or battery life.

Later, Petland and his team collaborated with Hitachi and made the commercializing of the units as a sociometric sensor by name Business Microscope in the year 2009. The latest version of this sensor is the Hitachi Business Microscope (HBM). It is about the size of a name tag. The weight of this device has been reduced to 33 grams. This device can be worn around the neck like a name badge. The device has plastic case with an accelerometer, six infrared transceivers, a flash memory chip, a wireless transceiver, a microphone and a rechargeable battery made of lithium ion. The badge would work well for a period of two whole days.

HBM helps in measuring the person’s movements and level of the voice. It calculates the movement of the body like waving of the arm and so on. A person can place the badge in a cradle for recharging before leaving the office, and the cradle downloads the information that is stored in it. These data are passed on to the data center of Hitachi for further analysis and storage. The users are then provided with the reports that are monitored by the device. Organizations can make use of this device to study the behavior of the worker and understand whether he/she is satisfied with the work. This can further help the workers to be more positive and productive.

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