Team at Algonquin College developing app to deal with drunk texting

Your ex may never hear from you again on a Sunday at 3 a.m.

A team at Algonquin College is linking technology with brain waves to catalogue data from your noggin, which is then interpreted by your smartphone and turned into an ecosystem of apps — hopefully preventing you from drunk texting.

“The current phase of the project is focused on machine to machine interaction, so you have a visor and it pairs with the phone — that’s what companies like our client … work on,” said student researcher Roger Mook, from the school of applied arts and technology.

“What we’re working on is a server so that your phone or tablet can connect to that server and offload the storage and processing of the data to that server, up into the cloud.”

It doesn’t stop there.

The research project sensor doesn’t have figurative mind-reading capabilities, though it can determine physiological conditions, such as being impaired, sensing a migraine or seizure, or even predicting a bout of anxiety or depression.

A client requested the software, said professor and principal investigator Chris Elliott.

“They have people in mind who want to achieve certain goals, it’s all very goal-oriented. One of the things that they do is assisted meditation, so there’s an app that will get you into a meditative state.”

By reading your brainwaves, “it can actually say, ‘hey, you’re not doing the right chant, whatever it is, to get into that state,” he said.

In less than five years, checking your phone and cringing may be a thing of the past.

Twitter: @kellyroche6

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