We’re kicking off a new spin on our occasional News of Note feature by focusing on stories and ideas that are more experimental and futuristic. This week the focus is on technology that is attempting to help us manage our emotions, reduce isolation and feel closer to those we love when we’re apart. At the same time we are attempting to use technology to make us more human, watch for trends like offline etiquette classes to address the side effects of having grown up digital.
The Cassandra reports profiles three wearable companies attempting to help people manage their moods and stress by using biometric information.
Meet Spirit, Your Aging Companion
Ideo explores using artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce isolation as you age by helping you stay connected to your community with a social assistant.
Sealed With a Digital Kiss
For anyone in a long distance relationship or who travels extensively for work, this phone device allows you to send an actual kiss to your loved one.
Do you have any other favorite human-centered technologies? Let us know in the comments!