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Use your phone to tell her mood?

Ever wish you could tell what mood your date is in, even if
you haven't actually met her yet? Soon you'll be able to know
just that.

A relatively new software called Magnify analyzes your phone
call in real time and can provide emotional feedback to you in
as little as two-minutes.

Created by an Israel-based company called eXaudios, Magnify
has the ability to decode the human voice and identify a
person's emotional state. The program then lists that person's
emotions on your computer screen. While this is as an
excellent way to pre-screen (literally) your dates, think of
how many men could benefit from this nifty little technology
and how many unnecessary squabbles could be averted. It's
actually an ingenious product on many decibels!

In fact, some US-based call centers already use the system
(even if it didn't seem like it the last time you called your
cable company with a billing issue!). MSNBC reports that
eXaudios is also testing the software's use in diagnosing
medical conditions, such as autism, schizophrenia, heart
disease and some forms of cancer.

eXaudios recently won a $1 million prize at the Demo 2010
conference -- a launchpad for emerging technology. Still, like
anything in life, there are no guarantees; between 17 percent
and 24 percent of the time Magnify fails to correctly identify
a caller's emotions.

Luckily, common sense and gut-instinct still serve as original
indicators. If someone's yelling, shouting, or crying, clearly
you don't need fancy software to figure out their mood;
laughing, well, that's also pretty standard. And yet, the best
interpretation may come from something computers can't
decode-- such as what's so funny or upsetting in the first
place. Software may reveal a mood but you're going to have to
analyze the talk to get to the heart of the matter.

No word yet on when the software will be available to single
gents (and ladies).