Google Glass Helps People With Autism Make Eye Contact, Engage in Social Situations

by Vishnuprasad on  July 27, 2015 at 4:03 PM Medical Gadgets
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Autism, a mental condition, present from early childhood, is known to cause communication and behavioral challenges.

A few enhancements with the help of a piece of software will make the eye-wearable device Google Glass ready to help people with autism, media reported.
Google Glass Helps People With Autism Make Eye Contact, Engage in Social Situations
Google Glass Helps People With Autism Make Eye Contact, Engage in Social Situations

This software has been designed to help those with autism make eye contact, engage in conversations and more easily read social situations, said a report on wbir.com.

"It coaches eye contact directly, rewarding points to the child or adult with autism. Then, when they look at someone in the eye, their little computer screen shows the emotions the other person is feeling," said Ned Sahin, CEO and founder of Brain Power.

The Brain Power system adds enhancements to the Google Glass or other wearable technology and then a suite of software.

"A mom can speak to her child through the device and actually see what he is seeing. We activate the camera so it becomes a remote version of her eyes," Sahin said.

The glasses can help make someone relax by playing soft music and even has a solution to the fear of "wandering".

Clinical trials for the new technology will begin this fall at Harvard Medical School. Brain Power hopes to begin releasing the product in the near future.

Source: IANS

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