Federal agents have a new tool to thwart border crime. University of Arizona researchers have developed the Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-time, or AVATAR. It is a lie detector that analyzes and detects features associated with people telling lies.
"An agent can't detect changes in your pupil changes down in the millimeter level," said Doug Derrick, one of the university researchers. "They can't, but the machine can provide that."
The kiosk uses a high-definition camera to capture facial expressions, infrared sensors that detects eye dilation and movements, and a voice recorder that analyzes what people say and how they say it.
If someone is lying, the AVATAR will say "I am detecting deception in your response."