It's being tested for the first time and is showing some promising results.
Google Glasses are no longer sold to the public, but new research suggests the high-tech accessory could help children with autism. It's being tested for the first time and is showing some promising results.
Researchers at the University of Stanford created Superpower Glass using a Google Glass and a smartphone app. The app pairs with a Google Glass that uses facial recognition software to give the wearer real-time updates on which emotions people are expressing. The data is sent back to the app and allows the child to interactively play a game to choose which emotion best describes the facial expression.
Children with autism often struggle to read nonverbal cues. In a recent study, 14 children with autism used the glasses for an average of just over 10 weeks. Twelve of those children showed more eye contact and improved social skills. The technology uses the camera on the glasses to read facial expressions.
Usually, this type of training happens with a licensed therapist. With advanced technology like this, Laura Arrington, Family and Youth Education Coordinator at Starbridge, says this could allow families to actively participate in a child's development.
"This is a great way to break down additional barriers for students," Arrington says. "For students with autism or any students with disabilities, we're always looking for a way to help them feel more engaged and be an active part of their school and working with their peers."
Autism advocates say they would like to see more research on this topic, but the early results are promising.
Arrington says she's interested to see how much Google Glasses would cost for families. When the glasses were first released back in 2015, they sold for $1,500.