Glass apps help autistic kids communicate

Brain Power‘s Google Glass apps and hardware help autistic kids develop social and communication skills, and provide feedback to parents.

The device’s accelerometer tracks children’s head gestures when they look or don’t look at parents, as well as repetitive movements.  “Social engagement module monitors” assess the child’s engagement, specifically if they are looking at a parent’s face and eyes.  Software helps the wearer interpret expressions through games and exercises.  The goal is to help them understand facial emotions  when they aren’t wearing Glass.

To develop language skills, objects are identified through machine vision, and their names are displayed and spoken through the speaker or earbud.  Children will eventually receive personalized language and conversation coaching.  Software will also use the accelerometer to predict over-excitement and provide calming suggestions.