Google Glass Technology Looks to Transform How Children with Autism Interpret Emotions

April 25, 2017
An exciting new opportunity has been identified that could revolutionize the way children with autism learn emotions. Stanford University has recently developed facial recognition software that uses Google Glass, dubbed ‘autism glass’, to aid children in identifying how those around them are feeling.

With this new effort by Stanford University, technology has the potential to transform how these children learn about and interact with the world. The current therapies used for children with autism to better recognize human emotions range from picture flash cards to play therapy to online games and is now headed into the future.

So, how does autism glass work? Autism glass is worn by the child with autism, and the device utilizes Google Glass’ camera and microdisplay to teach the wearer what the person in front of them is feeling.

“When the device's camera detects an emotion such as happiness or sadness, (the child) sees the word "happy" or "sad" - or a corresponding "emoji" - flash on the glass display. The device also tests his ability to read facial expressions.”

While the program is still in its early pilot stages, researchers, parents and advocates of the special needs community alike are excited about the potential it holds. Not only is autism glass an efficient and effective way to teach human emotions, it also encourages the wearer to look at those around them and it has the potential to be more affordable than classic therapies. Not to mention, it’s fun!

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