Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A lie detector for Skype users.

The Kishkish lie detector is a software that uses the Voice Stress Analysis to analyse the stress level in a person's voice. This tool monitors in real-time the stress level in the person's voice.

Before the software starts it's analysis it first calibrates the general stress levels of the speaker.

If you are clever enough you can modify your questions accordingly like what happens in a real lie detecting test as you watch the four indicators that shows you the stress level.

The four indicators are the needle that moves up and down and registers the stress level of the speaker, the meter which measures the stress level from 0-100, the light indicator that changes from green to red when stress levels go up and finally the messages that are displayed as "high" or "normal" according to the stress level.

Also, if you want to analyze the stress level off-line you can use the Kishkish SAM VSA.

On the Kishkish lie detector website you can make a test call to analyse the performance of the software. For this they have set up a recording of Bill Clinton's famous denial of having sex with Monic Lewinsky and as soon as Clinton says "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky" the indicators registers a high stress level.

The software also lets the user at the other end know that his voice is being monitored by a lie detector. This is done to avoid any legal issues that might arise out of conducting such a test without the user's knowledge.

One of the problems with any lie detectors has been it's inability to clearly distinguish between the nervousness in a person's voice from the stress level. Since the Kiskkish lie detector is a new software we have to wait and see how it performs in that area.

But all said and done this tool will at least give some idea about the other person especially when you realise the amount of strangers you stumble upon on the gentle yet wild world of the Internet.

Minimum system requirements:
. Skype™ 3 Version
. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher
. Windows XP or Windows 2000 (SP3)