AgencyGlass: A device to assist people’s emotional labor and social activities

AgencyGlass: A device to assist people’s emotional labor and social activities

Nowadays, physical and intellectual labor can be substituted by robotics and information technology. However, emotional labor, which causes mental stress to the workers, has not been substituted yet. Therefore, we propose a method called emotional cyborg that substitutes human-emotional representation with the use of attachable devices. In this study, we used AgencyGlass, a device that substitutes the function of human eyes. We conducted a preliminary study to measure the task- processing time and the subject’s cognitive load during the use of AgencyGlass. The result suggests that the AgencyGlass can perform joint attention similar to humans; however, its attentional shift is weaker than in humans.

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