Affectus is an emotional forecasting service that allows you to experience the varying emotions of New York City in real time. Using live data, Affectus is able to present to you the answers to the questions: "Why does the city feel this way?, who feels this way and what will it feel like tomorrow? What areas should I avoid today?" Affectus is even able to predict how the city may feel up to three days from now, allowing you to prepare for previously "un-prepareable" conditions. This idea is made possible by leveraging current social networking trends and tying them together with the newest in online data collection, location, facial and voice recognition technology.
Clicking the Quick Forecast Bar has brought up today's data categories.
Cursing over these detailed statistics brings to light the real life data that contributed to today's forecast. In this case, a Facebook status update.
A look at the real life contribution that was pulled in and organized by Affectus that helped contribute to today's forecast.
Using Affectus's interactive map to get localized emotional statistics.
Clicking on the borough of Brooklyn allows the user to see further into its neighborhoods. The cursor is highlighting data contributions from the neighborhood of Bed-Stuy.
Clicking that data contribution brings up the real life data, in this case an "Affectus Emote" (a status update within Affectus) written by signed-in user, "Diddlekins."
A user specifies how they want their data shown by using Affectus's filtering system.
The user filters the data by: VITA LOGS (staus updates from a partnering company), that are SAD, from the borough of MANHATTAN.
The user's filtering has supplied these results and they curse over a specific data contribution on the map.
A look at the real life contribution that was pulled in and organized by Affectus that helped contribute to today's forecast. In this case, they are an Affectus user.
Affectus iOS application:
This user sees something they'd like to contribute to Affectus while they're out. Firstly, they Emote (update their status).
They'd like to take a photo of someone's SAD face to contribute to Affectus. They aim to capture a facial expression from someone near them.
They shoot a photo of a facial expression that correlates to their recent status update. They upload it to Affectus and this data is used to help make today's forecast.
All Affectus users can see exactly where the contribution was made and what percentage their contribution was for their borough and city in general.
An electronic forecast ticker in midtown Manhattan keeps the general public up to date with the city's emotional state at any given moment.
Affectus's emotional forecast as seen in the New York Times's weather section.