Top Emotional Artificial Intelligence (EAI) Startups globally

Today’s hot topic is emotional intelligence.  I will cover AI startups all over the globe that may have cracked the EQ code.

Essential parts of communication as body language, facial emotions, voice intonation, and touch are all cues into ones’s present state of mind and for scientists it’s the way to calculate and predict behavior and determine personality traits.
Emotional intelligence has been quantified for centuries through recognised examinations such as IQ tests. Emotional intelligence has proved harder to capture.
Human behavior could be predicted by understanding and calculating one’s emotions. AI startups have developed the technology where facial emotions and micro-expressions that last fragments of a second are studied and examined to establish patterns, then evaluated further to find out what provokes those emotions, to conclusively determine underlying behavior traits. This technology is beneficial for hiring talent, predicting purchase behavior, finding dating partner, finding one’s suitability for sports by analyzing personality traits, advertising, marketing, event planning, security and much more. Most importantly, I suppose, companies that possess this vital information should use it with utmost sensitivity as not to manipulate those that are vulnerable.

Here are the top Emotional Artificial Intelligence (EAI) startups all over the globe as we inevitably enter the age of transparency. I’m starting with the newest emerging startups.

Horus, impressive and impactful startup from Italy that will improve the quality of life for so many people.

“Our first product, Horus, is a wearable device developed to assist blind and partially sighted people in their daily life. Horus observes, understands and describes the environment to the person using it, providing useful information with the right timing and in a discreet way using bone conduction. Horus is able to read texts, to recognize faces, objects and much more.”

“Horus is composed by a wearable headset with cameras and by a pocket unit that contains a powerful processor and a long lasting battery. The user can activate each functionality through a set of buttons located both on the headset and the pocket unit. The buttons are very easy to find thanks to their different shapes.”

Ranjan heads up Entropik Technologies, 

Amazing website and brilliant concept from startup from India which seeks to make interactions between humans and machines seamless. “At Entropik Tech, we’re building a software that adds emotional interaction between consumers and products. We help translate human behaviour and transform product experiences, by giving artificial intelligence the power to think from an emotional perspective with two products – AffectLab and Chromo.”

The tech he’s building reads your interactions and gauges how you feel while you’re performing them.
“Ranjan’s diagram – called a circumplex model – explains their first product, Chromo. It reads the smartphone user’s screen touches and quantifies that into different emotions, complete with degrees of positivity or negativity as well as levels of intensity. He marks emotions for me on the graph – happiness, which is intense and positive; relaxation, which is positive but with low intensity; anger, which is negative with high intensity; and boredom, which is negative with low intensity. Depending on how hard and fast you touch your phone screen, Chromo takes a reading of valence – whether the emotion is positive or negative – and intensity. The product also has motion sensing abilities. It can tell if a user is stationary, walking, or running. It knows the position of the phone (portrait or landscape, whether the user is holding the phone with the screen facing up or down). “We utilize that stuff to analyze everything around a user: where you are, what you’re doing,” Ranjan explains. In turn, fashion ecommerce and research companies can use Chromo to collect data. Knowing how a person’s emotions change while watching a video, for example, can help a content site know what kinds of stories to publish.” Source

The first public pilot, headquartered in The Netherlands and U.K.- Emotions.Tech’s artificial emotional intelligence, launched in May,

Using 5 core emotions Emrays Technologies “Calculating Emotions” and teaming up with search engine Mojeek to create the world first emotional search engine:
“Give us any piece of text and we will tell what people will feel when they read it. We can even predict emotional response on a piece of poetry which is extremely difficult task.”

AI Algorithm can read your mind

Researchers from ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories and Kyoto University in Japan developed a deep learning-based algorithm that can generate images from brain activity.

“The reconstruction algorithm starts from a random image and iteratively optimize the pixel values so that the DNN (deep neural network) features of the input image become similar to those decoded from brain activity across multiple DNN layers,” mentioned the researchers in their paper ‘Deep image reconstruction from human brain activity’. “The resulting optimized image is taken as the reconstruction from the brain activity.”

“Our brain processes visual information by hierarchically extracting different levels of features or components of different complexities,” Kyoto University Graduate School of Informatics Professor Yukiyasu Kamitani shared about the impact of their work, “These neural networks or AI models can be used as a proxy for the hierarchical structure of the human brain.”


Promobot, innovative startup from Russia, a resident startup of the Skolkovo Foundation’s IT cluster,
“The Perm-based company has just released version 4 of its cheeky service robots, whose antics have made headlines around the world and which are already on sale in about a dozen countries. Now the company is planning to open its first representative office abroad, in the United States. Promobot founder and CEO Alexei Yuzhakov shared his latest news and plans for the new generation of robots “Working as a waiter, concierge, tour guide in museums or consultant are all roles that Promobot V.4 can easily perform. If a pass has been ordered for you, the robot will recognise you and issue it right away. If not, it will offer to call the person who has to order the pass. It can enter the visitor information in a digital ledger, so there is no need for a concierge: our aim to replace a person,” explained Yuzhakov.

Meet Promobot

UK startup Human

“Emotional Artificial Intelligence software that startups claim could decipher deep human personality traits. It does this by analysing subliminal facial expressions in real-time. Video captures a person’s individual expressions, which machine learning evaluates to both instantly reveal their emotions in a given moment and understand their underlying behavioural traits. The results can identify whether someone is lying, disagreeing, nervous or passionate.” Source
“We look into the micro-expressions,” says Human’s CEO and founder Yi Xu. “These are the milliseconds of movement on the face which the naked human eyes often get wrong.”

Shanghai-based startup Emotibot Emotibot for Everyone, for every business, and everywhere.
“made an AI-powered bot that can complete practical tasks as well as have a conversation with you.
“If you talk about artificial intelligence trends in China, a lot of people are doing autonomous driving, face recognition and voice recognition,” Kenny Chien, founder and CEO of Emotibot tells TechNode. “Natural language understanding is the hardest, and we are doing that. It means the robot has to understand your intention.”
A 24-hour AI companion dedicated to you. “As the only AI company with language, image and voice triple human-computer interaction technology and “multimodal emotion recognition technology”, Emotibot aims to build an AI companion that can read, see, listen, remember, self-learn, and actually understand your emotion, as well as understanding the affective states, emotions and intent of the speaker like real human beings do.
Understanding human affective states and emotions is a complex science, and also a huge technical challenge. Emotibot is trying to reveal the secrets of this complex interaction through AI. Only this way, AI can communicate with people in the most natural way. Emotibot’s AI bots have been able to provide users with over 30 functions and services including travel planning, hotel reservations, etc.They also support fast access to mobile phones, App, websites, IoT, intelligent devices and other terminals, in order to more closely connect people with the world.”
Check out a Personal Bot, Fin Bot, Service Bot on Emotibot.

Cunny “Like a self writing book, writing itself while it is read” startup from Italy
Stefano Bargagni, founder and CEO  “aims to establish itself in the mobile video market with a highly innovative product, called MorphCast. A new type of media, which adds value to the emotional response of the viewer linked with the production of a video, in real time, ensuring the privacy of the viewer itself.”


🙂 Affectiva USA startup “Out of MIT Media Lab”

Founded by talented scientists Rana el Kaliouby and Rosalind Picard, who co-founded Affectiva.
“Humans use a lot of non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions, gesture, body language and tone of voice, to communicate their emotions. Our vision is to develop Emotion AI that can detect emotion just the way humans do, from multiple channels. Our long term goal is to develop “Multimodal Emotion AI”, that combines analysis of both face and speech as complementary signals to provide richer insight into the human expression of emotion. For several years now, Affectiva has been offering industry leading technology for the analysis of facial expressions of emotions. Most recently, Affectiva has added speech capabilities now available to select beta testers.

Emotion detection – Face. Our Emotion AI unobtrusively measures unfiltered and unbiased facial expressions of emotion, using any optical sensor or just a standard webcam. Our technology first identifies a human face in real time or in an image or video. Computer vision algorithms identify key landmarks on the face – for example, the corners of your eyebrows, the tip of your nose, the corners of your mouth. Deep learning algorithms then analyze pixels in those regions to classify facial expressions. Combinations of these facial expressions are then mapped to emotions. Using our SDK and API, developers can emotion-enable their apps, devices and digital experiences, so these can sense and adapt to facial expressions of emotion. Available for all major platforms, on device and in the cloud.” From the founder of the company “I think that, ten years down the line, we won’t remember what it was like when we couldn’t just frown at our device, and our device would say, ‘Oh, you didn’t like that, did you?’ ”

Israeli startup BeyondVerbal

“Working with leading research institutes around the world, Beyond Verbal is extracting vocal parameters in order to reveal vocal biomarkers – distinct voice features indicating various health conditions. Valence – A variable ranging from negativity to positivity. When listening to a person talk, it is possible to understand how “positive” or “negative” they feel about the subject, object or event under discussion. Temper – An emotional measure that covers a speaker’s entire mood range. Low temper describes depressive and gloomy moods. Medium temper describes friendly, warm and embracive moods. High temper values describe confrontational, domineering and aggressive moods. Mood groups – A key indicator of a speaker’s emotional state during the analyzed voice section. The API produces a total of 11 mood groups ranging from anger, loneliness and self-control to happiness and excitement. The ability to extract vocal biomarkers in a nonintrusive, continuous and passive manner has the potential to revolutionize conventional patient care.”

nViso startup from Switzerland.

“They have original 3D facial imaging technology that works with “ordinary webcams” to gauge consumers’ responses online.” Source

This sums it up for my list of top EAI startups globally, first edition.

The future belongs to daring and innovative minds ❣
Stay tuned for the next stop on the globe, startups of India on Euphoria Athena & Tyche is the best start for startups globally.


Startups that will change the world

There are many big and small, known and unknown but nevertheless extremely talented startups. Startups with great innovative ideas and discoveries are giving us a glimpse into the future. Out of many extremely talented startups, some are here to stay and contribute to humanity and shape our future. Where cancer is a thing of a past and treated easily, 3D organs are printed and used to replace organs that have failed, thus extending people’s lifespan and adding quality to people’s lives by minimizing and even eliminating most sicknesses, disabilities and disorders. Ability to help the sick by three dimensionally printing organs and implanting them or growing stem cells will change the world the way we know it. Our future is extremely high tech and robots will become an integral part of our lives as helpers, and friends with customized software to one’s liking. Flying cars will be our regular mode of transportation. And since the lifespan of humans will increase by at least few decades, overpopulated society of earth will have to find life on other planets.

Here are the 6 startups I chose:

To start with is a startup to cure cancer, we are long overdue for this one. In the near future cancer will easily be treated. I particularly liked the Israeli startup of Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, prof. Nir.

The enzyme that was found in cancer cells is the same enzyme found in sperm cell. Nir and his team identified an enzyme called FerT in the energy-generating mitochondria of metastatic cancer cells. Nir’s lab developed a synthetic compound, E260 (which can be administered orally or by injection), to bind with enzyme (that enabled cancer cells to metastasize) and completely destroy cancer cells with no adverse affects and normal cells are not affected. Here is a link to a full article:

3D organ printing startups next on the list:

First startup is Japanese Cyfuse that uses Innovative “Micro Needle Array “Technology that enabled 3D Tissue Fabrication with Cell only. Their Regenova, bioprinter, successfully printed blood vessel, beating heart tissue, implantable graft. Cyfuse “Scaffold-free 3D bio-printed human liver tissue stably maintains metabolic functions useful for drug discovery” was published in Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports, in press.

San Francisco-based startup Prellis, working on building human organs using a unique 3D printing technology. “Using proprietary 3D laser-based printing, they can build microvasculature and additional layers of tissue with near instantaneous speeds and single-cell precision.”

Israeli bio med firm CollPlant grows tobacco in greenhouses in order to produce ‘human’ collagen, which is used in the bio-ink that will eventually 3D-print tissues and organs.

Russia’s 3D Bioprinting solutions firm recently was successful at fabricating a mouse thyroid gland that implanted into a test subject – mouse. The company has a timeline in which they should develop a 3D printed kidney by 2018. “Their machine utilizes stem cells taken from a patient via their fat cells which are then mixed with hydrogels before being printed layer-by-layer. “

Robotic Industries startups.

“In the not-too-distant future, Genius Machines will walk among us. They will be smart, kind, and wise. Together, man and machine will create a better future for the world”, Hanson Robotics, US startup

It’s not easy to imagine our future lives living with robots but it should be interesting.
Hanson Robotics is partnering with SingularityNET, a platform for the decentralized AI (Artificial Intelligence) economy.

Hanson Robotics created robot Sophia to look as beautiful and as elegant as Audrey Hapburn. Sophia has done some interviews, here is her very first interview
Sophia could be made friends with on her website

Next is Chinese robotic startup is CloudMinds is an artificial intelligence and cloud computing company specializing in cloud-based smart robotics, secure cloud networks, large AI machine learning platforms.

Launched in 2001, French company robotics startup RB 3D   specializes in strength assistance and has 2 product lines: cooperative robot (cobot) arms and an exoskeleton suit. “This 3rd version of HERCULE is dedicated to civilian applications. It has been thought as a development platform for industrial applications, upon which will come various kind of arms or accessories to fit with and fulfill the needs of the numerous industrial cases.”

Movie theater new concept

Movie going experience has become less popular, most prefer the privacy of their own home, home theater with the surrounding sound, home made pop corn and coke. Texas based company, ReelXperience is about to change all that with the new concept. Movie going experience will be a dining experience as well in a room surrounded with 360 degrees screen, real actors interacting with the public, and a second choice for a new movie concept is to step on the set of Titanic ( for example) after viewing the movie Titanic.  

This promises to be an interesting social experience in the age of high tech.

Flying car startup
Lilium Jet, German startup,   The world’s first all-electric VTOL jet (flying car) – convenient, efficient and safe mode of transportation of the nearest future

Aerospace startups 
Elon Musk, known for designing and engineering of unique Tesla, promises to revolutionize the space / space travel with American startup Space x

Most remember Russia’s remarkable space program from Soviet era, the times of notorious Gagarin.  Russia’s center for aerospace and other innovative startups is Skolkovo

Another new and very promising Space startup from India

Earth2orbit is a new startup that is all about new Space revolution. “Empowered by advances in payload and transport technologies, New Space entrepreneurs are exploring opportunities with new launch vehicles, affordable small satellites, and taking initial steps to realize “out there” frontiers of space-based power generation and extraterrestrial mining.”

This about sums it up – new startups that will change the world the way we know it.