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Google Glass May Help Autistic Children Read Emotions

Google Glass headset
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Researchers at Stanford University are leveraging the now discontinued Google Glass technology to improve the lives of people with autism. The Autism Glass project is investigating how the technology might help autistic children learn how to read emotions. The researchers developed facial recognition software that runs on Google Glass, a headset worn like a pair of glasses that is equipped with a forward-facing camera and a small display that can be seen by the user. The 100 children participating in the study wear the device for approximately 20 minutes per day while interacting with friends and family members. When the camera and software detect an emotion, an emotion word such as "happy" and an accompanying happy emoji flash on the wearer's visual display. The software is operated by a smart phone, which also records the sessions so they can be reviewed later. Although still in its early stages, children participating in the study have shown gains in their abilities to read faces. The researchers hope that this technology will prove promising in helping people with autism develop their social engagement skills. 

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