Empath is a new Android app that offers a service unlike any other—it claims to identify and track your emotions through analysis of voice recordings. By speaking into your smartphone, you allow Empath to identify and construct a time-based map of your emotions. It shows that emotions are a trend in our daily lives, and that they correlate to what activities or events we do at specific times throughout the day.
The most compelling feature is the emotions map, which has seven mood groups that consists of: Enthusiastic, Happy, Cool, Worried, Angry, Frustrated, and Sad. This new app analyzes human vocal intonations to tap into underlying emotions based out of these seven groups. So, if I were to go for a jog at 3pm and log my voice recording into Empath, it could potentially tell me if jogging at a different time would be happier for me, or how frustrated it made me feel.
The possibilities are endless, though to be honest, I am a little skeptical. What is the science behind this? What do we have besides their word? Regardless, the tracking and mapping of emotions is an exquisite idea. If all goes well, then Empath could be a pivotal step in regulating and maintaining one’s emotions throughout the day.
This new app is now available for free download on Google Play.