SimSensei – Virtual Therapist

A new program called SimSensei, still in the early stages of development, logs people’s subtle body language and fleeting facial expressions to help diagnose depression, the New Scientist reported.

The program even comes with an animated avatar who asks patients questions, “Hmms” at appropriates times, and guides the conversation according to patient’s answers… all while tracking the patient’s movements using Microsoft Kinect sensors and face recognition software.

SimSensei is one of several programs under development now that look to log the differences in how people with depression make eye contact, smile, shift in their chairs, and give off other small clues to their condition.