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Google Glass helps children with autism recognise facial expressions

Study suggests a smartphone app paired with Google Glass can boost the social skills of those who struggle to interpret the emotions of others

05 Aug 2018 by Selina Powell

Stanford University scientists have found that a smartphone app paired with Google Glass can help children with autism understand facial expressions.

The research, which was published in npj Digital Medicine, involved 14 children between the ages of three and 17 with a clinically confirmed autism diagnosis.

The children used a Stanford-designed app that provides real-time clues about facial expressions while they are wearing Google Glass.

As the child interacts with others, the app identifies the person’s emotions through a speaker or screen.

The research team found that after between one and three months of regular use, parents reported that their child made more eye contact and related better to others.

There are plans for a larger, randomised trial of the therapy and Stanford University has filed a patent application for the technology.

More information about the project is available online. 

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