The new iPhone 5s includes a coprocessor containing about $3 worth of sensors. Add two more sensors to it — costing about $0.50 — and the phone’s ability to track human emotion increases drastically. That’s according to research from Freescale Semiconductor, which the company’s Executive Director of Global Strategy and Business Development Kaivan Karimi presented at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference Thursday.
With the additional $0.50 in sensors, your iPhone 5s could track your heartrate and know when it’s spiking based on physical activity, versus when it’s changing due to your emotions, Karimi said. That means companies will be able to “track people’s emotions via their gadgets” — and all it will cost is $3.50 in today’s dollars.
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