Digital Empathy: Wearables and Emotional IQ

Wearable technology is one of today’s fastest growing fields of innovation. Already it allows us to easily monitor and record biometric data, connect to

Rather than building devices that allow us to function more like a machine with clinical efficiency, researchers are beginning to understand the need for devices that recognize our humanity and assist us in fostering a sort of digital empathy.

Healey points to “[w]earable sensors [that] can capture things like galvanic skin response and heart rate and begin interpreting physiological responses.” Clothing that can sense the wearer’s mood or stress level and respond by translating their state of mind into colors or patterns recognizable to others could one day form an entirely new mode of communication. But beyond the dream of a world of sartorial over-sharing