Autism Glasses that Read Emotions

You may have seen the work being done with Google Glass – an interactive “mind-reading” software device that you wear on your face in the form of glasses. As you can imagine, Google has developed these glasses to offer you a smarter, more technologically savvy way to go through your day with certain features of showing your route on a map right before your eyes or recording your entire day from your point of view. It’s like a smartphone added to your vision and it’s quite amazing already, but, they’ve taken it a step further. 

The glasses have now acquired the ability to assess and interpret facial emotions thanks to Catalin Voss, a Standford University student who founded Sension (a facial recognition software) with researcher Nick Haber. They’ve been experimenting with this device with Julian, a 10-year old child with autism. Julian wears the “autism glass” for about an hour every day and over time the device projects emotions onto faces and will test how he interprets the facial emotions and also how he responds to them. 

The director of The Wall Lab at Stanford School of Medicine, Dennis Wall, believes that children don’t get enough interpersonal interaction and steady support with social engagement throughout the day and Google Glass could fix the problem. 

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