Google Glass Could Be a Social Gamechanger For Kids on the Autism Spectrum

If you thought Google Glass, the massively-hyped (yet ultimately unpopular) augmented reality headwear, was dead—think again. A Stanford University team has brought it back to life as a platform that aids and trains children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to read social cues. While reading facial expressions is difficult for all of us at times (Was that a smile or a grimace?), for people with ASD, social interactions and friendships can be especially nerve-wracking. People on the spectrum may avoid eye contact and therefore fail to recognize and interpret facial expressions, challenges that also have far-reaching repercussions in school or at work. As part of the recent five-day Beakerhead science festival in Calgary, Alberta, the public got a rare glimpse of this developing technology, appropriately named Autism Glass. I was…


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