It’s in all probability honest to say that Google Glass hasn’t been fairly the large hit that Google anticipated it to be. However researchers from Stanford College have had loads of success with their work on a really particular utility of the augmented actuality (AR) headset: Serving to children with autism. Known as the Autism Glass Challenge, the Stanford Drugs initiative has been ongoing for the previous six years, with the child customers concerned with the undertaking referring to the outcomes as “Superpower Glass.”

The concept is to assist individuals on the autism spectrum to determine feelings on the faces round them when they may not in any other case course of them in the identical approach for these not on the spectrum. This implies recognizing the feelings seen on faces utilizing the outward-facing digicam on the Google Glass headsets after which representing them in emoji or written phrase popup seen by the wearers.

Customers also can select to have an audio cue within the type of a voice figuring out the emotion despatched through a bone-conducting speaker throughout the glasses, which solely they will hear. The glasses can determine feelings together with happiness, anger, shock, unhappiness, concern, and extra. An related app lets caregivers evaluate auto-curated movies of social interactions.

In a brand new editorial written for IEEE Spectrum, the researchers write that: “Due to the rising imbalance between the variety of youngsters requiring care and the variety of specialists in a position to present remedy, we consider that clinicians should subsequently look to options that may scale up in a decentralized vogue. Reasonably than counting on the consultants for every little thing, we expect that information seize, monitoring, and remedy — the instruments wanted to assist all these youngsters — should be positioned within the fingers of the sufferers and their dad and mom.”

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Based on the article, the know-how is at present on a “quick observe” towards approval by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA). This may assist get it into the fingers (and, nicely, faces) of those that want it probably the most. Extra importantly, it might imply that it might be lined by medical insurance plans as a verified augmented actuality remedy.