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Stressed traders get a helping hand

To be a successful online trader you need to keep calm and rational but it can be a stressful business and sometimes emotions get the better of people.

So Philips Electronics and ABN Amro have come up with an "emotion mirroring system" that warns the owner when they're getting a bit het up about a stock and should probably take a step back.

The "Rationalizer" (currently only a prototype) consists of an "EmoBracelet" and "EmoBowl". Owners wear the bracelet which "measures the arousal component of the user's emotion". Get too stressed and it sends a message to the bowl which glows yellow, orange or red depending on the arousal level.

If it goes red, traders know to take "time-out, wind down and re-consider their actions".

H/T FT Alphaville.


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