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Google Glass App Helps Kids with Autism 'See' Emotions


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Good use for augmented reality:

Now the 10-year-old San Jose boy is getting help from "autism glass" - an experimental device that records and analyzes faces in real time and alerts him to the emotions they're expressing. 

The facial recognition software was developed at Stanford University and runs on Google Glass, a computerized headset with a front-facing camera and a tiny display just above the right eye. 

Julian is one of about 100 children participating in a Stanford study to see if "autism glass" therapy can improve their ability to interpret facial expressions. 

"There's not a machine that can read your mind, but this helps with the emotions, you know, recognizing them," Julian said. 

Julian wears the device each day for three 20-minute sessions when he interacts with family members face-to-face - talking, playing games, eating meals. The program runs on a smartphone, which records the sessions. 

"I think the glasses are a positive way to encourage a kid to look someone else in the face."When the device's camera detects an emotion such as happiness or sadness, Julian 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. 

"The autism glass program is meant to teach children with autism how to understand what a face is telling them. And we believe that when that happens they will become more socially engaged," said Dennis Wall, whose lab is running the study.

Absolutely! The potential as this kind of technology develops is amazing...

I didn't even realize that Google Glass still exists.

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