Google Glass, that failed with the general public, is re-surging as a tool to help autistic children learn to recognize emotions and make eye contact, according to The New York Times.
Esaie Prickett is a 12 year old autistic kid who has been a part of a Stanford University study to see how Google Glass can help autistic children learn. The computerized glasses help Esaie to identify the emotion on the faces of his family and tells him if he is right for wrong. The glasses flash tiny digital icons that only he can see. The glasses help him identify emotion whether happy, sad, surprised, angry, or bored only if he makes eye contact with the individual.
The study that lasted for several weeks shows promise in helping autistic kids like Esaie learn how to better interact with the world around them.
Google Glass was rejected by the general public for privacy concerns. Now Google Glass along with other new technologies like talking digital assistants are helping children learn better. For example, Amazon’s Alexa is helping children who misuse their pronouns.
Catalin Voss started working for Google in 2013, just after the initial release of Google Glass. Voss was working on an application that could automatically recognize images when he thought of how this could possibly help his autistic cousin. We are still many years away from making learning technology like this mainstream, but we are getting very close.