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Your Next Vacation Is Written on Your Face

By The Wall Street Journal

October 8, 2019

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Travel companies are starting to use sophisticated technology to help understand what people like.

For example, home-rental company Vrbo uses eye-tracking software with facial recognition emotion detection to measure customers' reactions to each element displayed on its site.

Parent company Expedia Group uses five of the seven emotions that facial recognition systems track: joy, anger, surprise, sadness, and disgust. The company hopes the other two (contempt and fear) don't really factor into travel decisions.

The systems detect changes in emotion state and tells the researchers what the customer was looking at when the emotion changed.

The reactions shoppers have to different elements on the screen can sway bookings.

Vrbo found that booking vacations homes is often a group effort, so the company created a tool called Trip Board to make discussion about the different aspects of particular properties easier.

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