We developed a device that makes the aforementioned scenarios possible, and we called it Emobject.
Emobject is a novel, interactive, tangible interface that bridges the gap between the worlds of bits, atoms, and emotions.
It is a physical manifestation of a digital emoji with rich input, output, and control capabilities.
It allows mapping of physical and digital information into emotional expressions, as well as controlling external devices through change of the device's facial expressions.
Moreover, Emobject can also detect faces and emotions of people by leveraging the latest emotion recognition algorithms developed at MIT Media Lab, and then adapt accordingly, mirror the emotions in real time, or control another device in response to the emotional input.
Emobject is a universal emotion-based I/O device enabling a host of novel user experiences.