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Microsoft Patents Frustration Detection System - so I've created a User Interface for it.

By Andrew Pollack on 01/04/2008 at 12:43 PM EST

According to this article, Microsoft has patented a software and biofeedback based "Frustration Detection System". From TFA:

"if the system monitors certain behaviors tied to frustration (such as elevated heart rate), then it triggers the routine that asks other users for help. Physical responses aren't the only things that could trigger this event—taking an abnormally long time to complete a task would do so also—but the biometric aspect is certainly the most unusual."

The article doesn't seem to indicate that Microsoft is planning to build it into the operating system right away, so I thought I'd offer them a User Interface that might work......

Picture of John Hodgman, the PC guy from the Mac ads, in a dialog box asking if I would like to be connected to other frustrated people

I can't imagine anything more annoying then my PC waiting for me to get frustrated, then at just the point where I'm ready to toss it against the wall it interrupts me with a modal dialog box!

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re: Microsoft Patents Frustration Detection System - so I've created a User Interface for it.By Kerr on 01/04/2008 at 02:22 PM EST
Simply tapping in to the microphone should work. A cut down speak recognition
engine trained to listen for certain key phrases.

"You f*****g piece of f*****g s****y Microsoft f*****g s****y c**p. Why don't
you just f*****g work!!"

"What the f**k? What the f**k have you done? You f*****g piece of s**t"

"Why the f*****g hell won't you work!"


That kind of thing.

re: Microsoft Patents Frustration Detection System - so I've created a User Interface for it.By Ben Langhinrichs on 01/04/2008 at 04:15 PM EST
Hmm, I thought Windows already had a Start button. What other frustration
detection system do they need?

I love your solution, btw.
re: Microsoft Patents Frustration Detection System - so I've created a User Interface for it.By Jo Grant on 01/05/2008 at 10:27 AM EST
So all their previous releases of operating systems have just been frustration
generators with the aim of creating field tests for this patent?
That explains a lot.
Alpha-Test Users were caught on YouTubeBy David Bailey on 01/06/2008 at 10:09 AM EST

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