Can AI accurately interpret your facial expression? Try it here.

Abstract digital human face.
Abstract digital human face. Artificial intelligence concept of

Emotion-sensing technology is a form of artificial intelligence (AI) that scans for facial expressions and micro-movements of face and eye muscles. It then attempts to identify whether a person is feeling bored, stressed, surprised, happy, sad, worried, angry… You get the picture.

While this nascent technology has its drawbacks—its accuracy rate is far from perfect—in theory, designers might one day be able to use its data for good. They could change the arrangement of workstations to allow for enhanced views to the outdoors, for example. Or replace white walls with colorful wallpaper. In this way, bespoke data-driven enhancements to the workplace could make employees happier, healthier, and more productive—and, by extension, owners could make their real estate more desirable.

Just for fun, we created a simplified emotion-sensing app you can play with right from your mobile or desktop. All you need to do is turn on your device’s camera. Don’t worry; we won’t record your face! (Of course, if you’re having that much fun, who are we to stop you from snapping a screen grab from your mobile and sharing it?)