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Google Glass Shows Promise Improving Lives of People with Autism

October 23, 2013

Researchers are looking for ways to use Google Glass to improve the capabilities of individuals with disabilities, including autism, according to USA Today:

Researchers across a variety of fields are looking into ways to use (Google) Glass to help individuals with disabilities that affect mobility, vision and hearing.

In addition, some researchers are currently looking into using facial recognition software with Glass to help people on the autism spectrum identify the emotions of others.

"With facial analytics, it's possible to, with the subject's approval, have Glass scan a face and put up a green light if the person is intrigued, yellow if they're confused or red if they're bored," says Rosalind Picard, founder of the Affective Computing Research Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, whose focus is autism and communication technology. Then, chuckling, she adds, "It could even whisper at you during that date, 'Hey, she's losing interest.'"

Google Glass is a lightweight, voice-controlled device that can shoot pictures and video, make and receive calls and texts, and access the Web.

Glass is expected to be available some time next year.

See Florida Mom Uses Google Glass to Support Parents of Children with ASD, a previous article related to the potential of Google Glass for our community.