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October 15, 2009

Dude...

mood-ring1.jpg Am I the only one reminded of junior high school?

It's said that greed pushes investors to buy stocks when they're overpriced, while fear drives sales when stocks are at or near a bottom.

With that in mind, Philips Electronics has teamed up with a prominent Dutch bank to develop a system of warning home traders when they're about to make a decision to buy or sell stocks while feeling overly emotional. It's called "The Rationalizer," and a test model is on display at an innovation summit in Brussels this week.

It consists of an "EmoBracelet" that looks like it might come out of a science fiction film, and a light-emitting "EmoBowl" that rests near a trader's computer. The bracelet supposedly feels emotional states and sends radio signals to the bowl. As the user's feelings intensify, the bowl glows yellow, orange and finally red.

This could be useful in so many ways unrelated to investing:

Yellow: "Mr. President! The peasants are revolting!"
Orange: Texas Hold 'Em? Or mortgage backed securities? What the heck - if I lose my shirt, Obama will bail me out.
Red: This may not be a good day to don that pushup bra and post your boobs on Twitter.

Posted by Cassandra at October 15, 2009 07:11 PM

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It's said that greed pushes investors to buy stocks when they're overpriced, while fear drives sales when stocks are at or near a bottom.

Darwin, unplugged.

Posted by: spd rdr at October 15, 2009 09:16 PM

There's an old email joke that goes:

My husband bought me a mood ring the other day.
When I'm in a good mood, it turns red.
When I'm in a bad mood, it leaves a black mark between his eyes......
Next time he'll buy me a f@^#ing diamond.

heh
0>;~}

Posted by: DL Sly at October 15, 2009 09:26 PM

Har!

Posted by: bthun at October 15, 2009 09:46 PM

So, Twitter is now 4chan for Yuppies?

Posted by: BillT at October 16, 2009 04:15 AM

...a test model is on display at an innovation summit in Brussels this week.

Great. Now heat-sensitive liquid crystal displays are what passes for innovation these days.

What the helk are you people *doing* back there?

Posted by: BillT at October 16, 2009 04:19 AM

"Retro" is in, right? Not that I care about such things, but I am (marginally) aware...

Posted by: camojack at October 16, 2009 10:20 AM

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