Google Glass is helping out children with autism.
“It fits on their heads, they react well to it. It doesn’t distract them from their actual social interactions, it enhances it,” explained Stanford University associate professor Dennis Wall. “When they put the glasses on, many have remarked that they feel like they’ve been given a superpower.”
“Superpower Glass” is a software created by researchers at Stanford University. It uses the Google Glass camera to identify people’s expressions and then translate them into an emoji reflected on the inside of the glasses, so children with autism and sensory sensitivities can understand emotions.
Superpower Glass is designed to be more of a training tool rather than a device that should be worn every day. During preliminary studies, children with autism wore the glasses in 20 minute sessions, three times a week, for six weeks.
Researchers say they saw strong improvement in cognitive abilities and hope to get it approved by the FDA as a medical device so that it can be covered by insurance.
“What we’d want to do is pursue the medical reimbursement path, so that it can be, you know, free for everyone and essentially just a copay,” said Wall.