A new app designed to track a person's mood throughout the day could turn your smartphone into a pocket therapist, researchers claim.
The free app developed by the University of Cambridge's Computer Laboratory takes advantage of the fact phones are increasingly capable of collecting information about where we are, how noisy our environment is, how much we are moving around and who we communicate with.
It will invisibly monitor data such as a user's calling and texting patterns to track their conversations and work out how they are feeling.
Using the phone's built-in global positioning system, accelerometer and microphone, it will develop a pattern of that person's habits, activities and routines.
The Emotion Sense programme, available for free on Android phones, will work as the phone's owner goes about their normal life.
Dr Neal Lathia, who works on the project, said: 'Behind the scenes, smartphones are constantly collecting data that can turn them into a key medical and psychological tool.
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