Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds
by JON BRODKIN, arstechnica.com, 11 October 2018
Echo could analyze your voice to detect a "physical or emotional abnormality."
|An Amazon Echo|
The patent, titled "Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users," was issued on Tuesday this week; Amazon filed the patent application in March 2017.
The patent describes a voice assistant that can detect "abnormal" physical or emotional conditions. "For example, physical conditions such as sore throats and coughs may be determined based at least in part on a voice input from the user, and emotional conditions such as an excited emotional state or a sad emotional state may be determined based at least in part on voice input from a user," the patent says. "A cough or sniffle, or crying, may indicate that the user has a specific physical or emotional abnormality."