There was some interesting press today about a Panasonic phone that can interpret your mood from your voice. From consultation with Japan, I’m not sure if this is a new phone, but over the past few hours it’s been getting a lot of blogosphere attention, mostly with a humorous slant.
This is a very significant concept. It’s called the ‘Feel Talk’ service (they probably need a better translation for the name). Basically, the phone interprets the tone of your voice, assigns a value for your mood, and then displays that as an LED light.
If your mood can be transmitted to others in your IM/email/social network, this takes the concept of ‘presence’ to the next level, much more sophisticated than an ‘away message’ or 30 second exchange about ‘how are things?’.
For those you care about, presence could be more than about what you’re doing, what you’re thinking, or how available you are. It could be about how you’re feeling at a particular moment.
There’s some info at MobileMag.
And more in Japanese at Panasonic.