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26th February, 2024 Science and Technology


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In a significant technological breakthrough, scientists have unveiled a pioneering technology, named PSiFI, capable of recognizing human emotions in real-time. 


Development and Functionality

  • The PSiFI system, developed by Professor Jiyun Kim and his team at the Department of Material Science and Engineering at UNIST, is designed to recognize human emotions in real-time.
  • It utilizes a bidirectional triboelectric strain and vibration sensor, integrated into a wearable device, to capture both verbal and non-verbal cues associated with emotions.
  • Machine learning algorithms process the data captured by the sensor, enabling accurate and prompt recognition of human emotions, even in scenarios where individuals wear masks.

Key Features

  • Self-sufficiency: The PSiFI system generates power through friction charging, eliminating the need for external power sources.
  • Flexibility and Transparency: The system is adaptable to individual users, featuring a personalized mask crafted using a multi-angle shooting technique.
  • Wireless Connectivity: Seamless wireless data transfer enables instantaneous recognition of emotions, making the system convenient and user-friendly.


  • Virtual Reality (VR) Environments: The PSiFI system has been demonstrated in a digital concierge service within a VR environment, offering personalized recommendations and interactions based on real-time emotion recognition.
  • Human-Machine Interaction (HMI) Devices: The technology can be integrated into various HMI devices, facilitating effective interactions between humans and machines by understanding and responding to human emotions.
  • Personalized Digital Platforms: By identifying individual emotions, the PSiFI system can enhance user experiences in smart homes, movie theaters, and offices, offering personalized recommendations for music, movies, and books.

Future Directions

  • Portable Emotion Recognition Devices: The PSiFI technology opens up possibilities for the development of portable emotion recognition devices, enabling real-time emotion-based interactions on-the-go.
  • Next-Generation Digital Platforms: As the technology advances, it has the potential to revolutionize digital platforms by creating more intuitive and personalized user experiences based on real-time emotion recognition.
  • Harmonizing Humanity and Technology: The PSiFI system represents a step towards harmonizing humanity and technology, enabling machines to understand and respond to human emotions, thereby deepening the connection between humans and technology.


As technology continues to evolve, PSiFI holds the potential to transform how we interact with and perceive technology, ultimately enhancing our daily lives in profound ways.


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