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Dell's new research division wants computers to detect your mood

Matt Hamblen | March 31, 2014
Brain and body sensors used in consumer-grade products could help in education, gaming.

When Dell went private last October, analysts said the company would be able to focus more heavily on research and development. Dell Research seems to be evidence of that prediction. Menon wouldn't divulge how many researchers work in the division, but said a chief scientist is assigned to each of the four groups. He called the division "small."

Before Dell, Menon was as an IBM Fellow, starting in 2000. From 2009 to 2012, he was IBM's chief technology officer and vice president of technical strategy, before moving to Dell as CTO and vice president of its Enterprise Solutions Group.

Dell Research is nearly six months old, and was created when Dell CEO Michael Dell, who founded the company in 1984, and Silver Lake Partners took the company private in late October 2013 with a $24 billion buyout of public stock after years of ups and downs at the company.

Dell has defended the company's reputation for research throughout the decades, even though Dell Research is relatively new. The company has been issued or has filed for more than 6,000 patents, Dell said earlier this year.


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