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Published on Nov 3, 2009
iFeel_IM! (intelligent system for Feeling enhancement powered by affect sensitive Instant Messenger) reinforces (intensifies) own feelings and reproduces (simulates) the emotions felt by the partner during online communication. The core component, Affect Analysis Model, automatically recognizes nine emotions from text, which then are displayed by the facial expression of Second Life avatar and the EmoHeart object attached to avatar's chest. Four out of nine emotions (namely, 'joy', 'anger', 'fear', and 'sadness') are stimulated by innovative affective haptic devices integrated into iFeel_IM!. The implemented system can considerably enhance emotionally immersive experience of real-time messaging. We also consider the system as the world first wearable robot that provides feelings of co-presence and intensifies our emotions through the sense of touch. Developers: Dr. Dzmitry Tsetserukou and PhD candidate Alena Neviarouskaya, University of Tokyo