We all remember the first go around for Google Glass back in 2013. They were ugly and many of the people wearing them did the product no favors, earning the nickname “glassholes” during the 2-year beta project. Since then, Google has been working much quieter behind the scenes not only improving the looks, the technology, and the software, but the uses for such a product. Today Google Glass is being used in medical diagnosis, onsite repair work, and in factories where workers need both hands free.
Researchers have added a new use to the newer Google Glass to help children with autism. The built-in camera and software are being paired with smartphones to read facial expressions of people nearby to help autistic children with social interactions, making friendships easier to make. The project, known as Superpower Glass, taught the children to recognize the emotions conveyed in people’s facial expressions.
The research was conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine. As the child interacts with others, the app identifies and names their emotions through the Google Glass speaker or screen.
After just one to three months of regular use, parents reported children with autism made eye contact more regularly and related better to others.
image courtesy Stanford School of Medicine