Google Glass was a pretty huge failure. What looked years ago like an ubiquitous item of the future proved to be clumsy, dorky-looking and tricky to integrate with everyday life. But now, years after it tanked, Google Glass is being redeemed: It’s helping kids with autism recognize emotions.
People with autism often face social challenges because they have difficulty recognizing and responding to emotional cues. Superpower Glass, a machine learning based software designed to integrate with Google Glass, uses emoji and audio to help kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn how to read social interactions. It helps the kids learn when someone is happy, sad, angry, disgusted or surprised, among other emotions. The software translates someone’s expression into an emoji the kids can interpret more easily. (h/t Fast Company)
A study from Stanford showed that kids using Superpower Glass at regular intervals, in addition to their typical therapy programs, were able to better socialize than other kids with ASD who only went to their usual therapy sessions.
Now, Superpower Glass is looking to move outside of Google Glass to mobile devices to make it easier to access for more families. With new smartphones enabled with facial recognition, the developer wants to put a similar function on tablets and phones. It will work pretty much the same as the current version, except no funky-looking accessories needed.
You can read more about the Stanford study here. And if this puts you in the market for Google Glass, well, we wish you the best of luck in that department. At least we know it’s coming to mobile.