The critics of social media say that rather than letting us express our true feelings, platforms like Facebook and Instagram push us to self-edit, that we are constantly on our phones posting snapshots of only the brightest parts of our day as we try to one up friends who are off on exotic holidays or at glamorous parties. Sydney startup Realifex is pushing back, asking us to use our phones to be truly honest with ourselves.
Along with crimped hair, the mood ring was a fashion staple for teen girls in the 90s and 2000s. The ring changed colours depending on what mood the wearer was in, and though no one actually knew what colour corresponded to which mood, but we all wanted one anyway. Technology has now gone one better: Finnish startup Moodmetric has created the a smart ring, which actually does track emotions and stress levels.