Scientists have found a new application for Google Glass, the augmented reality glasses. They hope these AR glasses can help autistic children better navigate social situations, according to Engadget.
Oftentimes autism can make it difficult for individuals to communicate with others. According to a report published in the journal npj Digital Medicine, the researchers have developed a therapy routine that pairs Google Glass with a facial recognition software. The person wearing the glasses will then receive notifications on what emotions people are expressing.
In a pilot trial, 14 children with autism spectrum disorder tried the glasses at home. The goal was to help kids develop social skills while they are still young in order to improve their social skills as they progress through life. Twelve families out of the 14 indicated their child made more eye contact once the therapy concluded.
Using technology to assist people with developmental and physical disabilities is a goal for many industry giants. Samsung released an app in 2014 to help autistic children improve their communication skills. Additionally, Mightier developed a gaming platform to help children with ADHD and autism regulate their emotions. This ongoing drive to help impact individuals continues to persist as Microsoft announced it would spend $25 million on its AI for Accessibility program.