The inventor, who wants to revive LOL's authenticity, explained: "I remember when LOL meant laugh out loud. A real chortle. And now it means nothing."
Ever heard of a lie detector? If you have watched Fire In The Sky, you must have seen a lie detector device. It is a machine that measures physiological signs like a heartbeat, pulse rate, and breathing patterns to reveal if somebody's lying or not. The device is regularly used in criminal investigations.
Someone has now come out with a similar device with a very specific purpose. We are all guilty of typing "LOL" in response to a joke or a meme sent to us by a friend or in a WhatsApp group irrespective of whether we actually found it that funny or not. But not anymore, dear friends.
Now we have a LOL detector/verifier. Brian Moore, an inventor, has created a device that will catch you lying if you have not actually laughed out loud while typing "LOL" in your text.
The invention by Moore is a small plastic device. It sits beside your keyboard, monitoring what you type and listening to verify whether you are being honest.
No, it does not expect you to literally roll on the floor laughing, but it would certainly hold you accountable. If you type a LOL and the LOL Verifier hears a giggle, it will automatically add a verification note to your message and let you carry on. If it hears no chuckle or a sound, it will replace your deceiving acronym with a phrase similar to the message you wanted to send across, like, "It is funny."
Moore posted a video about his LOL verifier on his TikTok account, @lanewinfield, and people were LOL'ing at it. The video has garnered 1.1 million views and around 160k likes.
The device is tiny and crafted with plastic, silicon, microcontrollers, and an LED light. LOL verifier's mechanism is extraordinary. Moore has recorded more than 100 different laughs for the machine-learning algorithm used in the device. He tested the device on his "LOL" and provided a perfect base to detect whether he laughed or not. It consists of a 3D-printed box that you can plug into the computer via a USB cable.
Moore likely manages a substantial consumer base for his LOL verifier. On Twitter, he explained, "I remember when LOL meant laugh out loud. You know, a real chortle. And now it means nothing... dulled down to the mere acknowledgment of a message."
With his invention, Moore intends to revive the authenticity of internet slang. "You'd have to talk to the governing body of LOL to determine what is or isn’t a loud laugh, but I classified it as anything that you could hear," he stated, reports Fast Company.
I made this thing called LOL Verifier: a device that only lets you type lol if you’ve actually laughed out loud pic.twitter.com/Gsc63yGEm0— Brian Moore (@lanewinfield) January 3, 2023
Many TikTok users shared their views on it. @sevspics wrote: "I want five." Another TikTok user, @maxvgent, said, "This has potential for digital emotion verification in the future." Others wanted it for other slang too. @thejunkfoodboss seemed an interested consumer, writing: "I actually would buy this. Does it also work for LMAO or ROFL?"
Moore also shared that he will be next releasing the LMAO verifier.