Most of us are used to technology sticking its nose into pretty much every aspect of our lives – hell a lot of us even embrace it, but we think that there’s a line somewhere on the horizon that signifies when it’s gone too far.
Standing astride this line is an app called pplkpr, and we’re still not quite sure what to make of its purpose. Intended for use with a smartwatch, it monitors interactions with people you meet by measuring your heart rate, and can then tell you how you feel about them. Thanks smartwatch – perhaps we do need notifications to tell us that “you fancy this girl” when that stunningly attractive redhead friend walks into the room, or “this man makes you anxious” when a perennially red-faced boss is stomping across the workplace, but we’re going to hazard a guess that millions of years of evolution has helped people figure that out already.
It gets worse when you consider that the app is intended to help people decide “who should be auto-scheduled into your life and who should be removed”. Now you have to ask your smartphone if you can go round to Barry’s for the football, or if you should see Mandy for a second date. Certainly one of the most bizarre ways we’ve seen yet for attempting to jump on the smartwatch bandwagon.