'Rationalizer' bracelet tells traders when they're stressed

Nov 17, 2009 by Lin Edwards weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- Philips Electronics and the Dutch bank ABN AMRO have joined forces to develop a "Rationalizer" bracelet system that detects stress levels and displays a warning to help day-traders avoid making hasty decisions.

Day trading can be a hazardous occupation and rash, irrational decisions can lose the trader a lot of money. Philips and ABN AMRO decided to solve that problem by inventing a device that senses the emotions of the wearer and warns the to wait and carefully consider any decisions on the next transaction.

The concept device was developed by Philips Design and ABN AMRO's Dialogues Incubator, with the assistance of the VU University in Amsterdam, after research confirmed that day traders sometimes act irrationally because their actions are affected by their stress level and powerful emotions such as greed or .

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The Rationalizer consists of an "EmoBracelet" and an "EmoBowl" and incorporates sensors and signal processors designed by Philips. The EmoBracelet's galvanic skin response sensor measures the level of emotional arousal in a similar way to a lie detector. The result is displayed on either the bracelet or the EmoBowl as a light display that intensifies and changes to reflect the wearer's intensifying emotional arousal. At the highest emotional the display has a greater number of elements moving at higher speed, and the color changes to a warning red.

Dialogues Incubator Director Paul Iske said the Rationalizer was an example of the innovative ideas being developed to add value to the customers. In this case the device should help traders look at their transactions more objectively, and warn them when irrational or unwise decisions are likely.

Senior Director at Philips Design, Clive van Heerden, said sensing was becoming more important in today's digital world. He also believes there are many other possible applications, such as game controllers, intelligent cameras to interpret social situations, or even dating sites that enable you to tell who is attracted to you.

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Bob_Kob
not rated yet Nov 17, 2009
EmoBracelet? Did marketing even do any research to what 'emo' actually meant in todays lexicon?
gopher65
Nov 17, 2009
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Mayday
1 / 5 (1) Nov 17, 2009
To Bob_Kob: The name is right. The bracelet is for emo types who have totally lost touch with their emotions. The rest of us have our good old bio-chemical analog called a "brain." So we'll be just fine.
SmartK8
1 / 5 (1) Nov 18, 2009
I believe, that a stock trading will be illegal in the future. It already should've been included in the Gambling Act (2005). This bracelet just adds to this mumbo-jumbo pseudo-science. Except for the options ofcourse. It's 90% software and 10% luck. You can believe me, I do write software for a stock market. At the moment it's just illegal bots battle.
lumbarjack
not rated yet Nov 18, 2009
what about doing a bracelet to tell the trader that they are risking the assets of their customers who are scared to death? After all the trader always get his commission regardless of the plunge in their suckers' portfolios.