Tearsense: A sensor system for illuminating and recording teardrops

Marina Mitani, Yasuaki Kakehi

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Abstract

People shed tears when they become emotional watching movies or reading novels. In this research, we propose a sensor system for illuminating and recording teardrops and describe its applications pertaining to entertainment content such as movies and novels. A tape sensor is attached below the eyes, which is controlled by a microcontroller and a PC. Two parallel lines are drawn on the tape with conductive ink, and when a teardrop runs over these two lines, a microcontroller senses the change in electrical voltage. In this paper, we propose a system that provides a new way to experience and communicate reactions to entertainment content by converting tears into light or sound in real-time, or by sharing with others archives of the content that has moved us to tears.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2014
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)9781450327619
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event5th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2014 - Kobe, Japan
Duration: 2014 Mar 72014 Mar 8

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other5th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2014
CountryJapan
CityKobe
Period14/3/714/3/8

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Keywords

  • Sharing emotions and preferences
  • Teardrops
  • Watching movies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Mitani, M., & Kakehi, Y. (2014). Tearsense: A sensor system for illuminating and recording teardrops. In Proceedings of the 5th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2014 [a2] (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2582051.2582053