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Google Glass App Reads Emotions, May Benefit Some with Autism

(August 28, 2014) - Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute is working on bringing facial recognition to Google Glass. Researchers are working on creating an app for the wearable electronic device that allows users to identify a person(s)’s level of emotion. It also estimates gender and age.

The software is being called SHORE (Sophisticated High-Speed Object Recognition). This technology could potentially be useful for some individuals on the autism spectrum who have difficulty interpreting emotions.

At the 7th annual World Focus on Autism, the keynote note address will be given by Dr Ned Sahin of Brain Power in Boston who will demonstrate and speak about the progress he is having using Google glass with those with autism.  The event is co-hosted by Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright and Mrs. Ban Soon Taek, the wife of UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon. The event will be live streamed on September 25 starting at 9 a.m. on autismspeaks.org. 

Watch a demonstration of the SHORE technology in the video below.

Read more at Gizmag here or get the Fraunhofer press release here