by Richard Speigal
Thursday, 14th April 2011
Scientists claim this week to have made a major breakthrough in their search to understand the complexity of human relationships. Capitalising on the enormous growth in smartphone usage, boffins at the University of Slough have struck on a unique formula to match people using a free dating app: The Smartphone Love Test.
Researchers have used the latest data profiling techniques on millions of mobile phone users to produce an infallible soul mate "formula": Σx = iPhone - HTC²
Professor Anders Fonlicker led the team and then followed up their initial findings by disecting hundreds of test subjects to hone down the formula for finding soulmates. "Finding Windows 7 handset users was a particular challenge but they're out there - if you look hard enough." said Fonlicker.
Dating Trail is delighted to have worked closely with Prof. Fonlicker and this week launches a free online service for smartphone users that is achieving close to a 100% success rate in matching people searching for love.
The technology is expected to have such a major affect on falling European birth rates that the EU have provided a special grant to extend research into older handsets.
Even the Nokia N95 could be fully understood within 5 years.
The implications for the dating industry are immense. Some speed dating hosts are planning to do phone inspections on the door, before allowing entry to their guests. "Nokia users are likely to be barred," says Andrew Summersgill of Original Dating. "We know their sort and they aren't welcome - we don't want any trouble."
The online dating industry is even more excited and are expected to pay large sums to licence the technology.
Fonlicker is already reported to be in talks with representatives of eHarmony and MatchAffinity who are excited that their hour long compatibility questionnaires could be considerably shortened and may actually start working.
Richard is the technical brains behind Dating Trail and prefers conversations in binary to real human contact. However he does know some strange things about dating; albeit not from experience (he's asexual like an amoeba) but rather from crunching numbers and peering into databases. He's nerdy but sometimes interesting and blogs on geek stuff at www.webunknown.co.uk
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