Sharecare, a comprehensive digital health and wellness engagement platform has acquired Germany-based Feingold Technologies, a developer of behavioral voice analysis technology. The acquisition immediately expands Sharecare’s development resources, helping to accelerate growth and engagement of ultra-personalized and frictionless solutions that enable people to optimize their health. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
As part of the acquisition, Feingold Technologies will operate under Sharecare effective immediately, including its offices in Munich and Berlin. Together, the Feingold team will work in parallel with Sharecare’s existing product and technology teams to create user-friendly mobile products and applications that help people optimize their productivity, happiness and, ultimately, their health. Additionally, Feingold Technologies’ founder and CEO Erik Feingold joins Sharecare as its Chief Innovation Officer, based at the company’s Atlanta headquarters.
The Feingold team will work with ShareCare to develop a beta Android app to help people improve self-awareness, personal relationships, well-being and, ultimately, their overall health. Initially available through a crowd-sourced, adaptive trial, the Sharecare app provides people with real-time feedback by analyzing the spectral-data in the tone of their voice during phone calls, while not listening to, recording, storing or analyzing the actual content of the call.
How the Sharecare app works
Users simply talk on their Android phone1 as usual – while, in the background, the app automatically monitors spectral data alternations in the user’s voice, identifying fractal patterns. Based on these patterns, the technology can determine the user’s mindset and stress type – like worry or irritation. The technology does not listen to, record, store or analyze the actual content of the call; and the user can opt-out at any time.
Following each call, the app presents the user with a visual representation of the intensity and stress type detected during their call, ranging from a calm “green” to a very intense “red” and several shades in between; as well as a short description of their mindset during the call. Additionally, within the Sharecare app, users can access a dashboard showing how their results fare over time, per call and contact. By providing real-time feedback on an individual’s stress, as well as monitoring trends over time, the Sharecare app will increase self-awareness, triggering positive behavior change and helping to improve personal relationships, which will actually improve your health.
For more information about the Sharecare voice analysis app and the corresponding trial, go to www.sharecare.com/voice.