While Google Glass may have not taken off in the general market, researchers are finding new ways that it could help others with certain disabilities. The most recent study was looking into a prototype software application for the gadget that would provide help for teen with autism.
The app for Google Glass would enable it to act as a sort of “social-skills coach” for those on the spectrum.
Google Glass could help identify cues and offer prompts
The new study was published in the journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI. The researchers found that wearable technology can aid individuals with autism in recognizing social cues and prompting them with responses. They also found that it was especially easy for children to use–and that they even had fun using it.
One of the main things individuals with autism struggle with is social interaction, which is why this app could be incredibly helpful.
Many children on the spectrum enjoy technology, making it a perfect pathway for providing interventions to help them. So far, the only technological interventions seem to have the opposite desired effect because the human interaction component is removed–but wearable technology turns that on its head.
Wearable technology allows real-world practice
Professor Azadeh Kushki, one of the main authors of the study, explains why this tech differs from other technological interventions available:
“The interesting thing about our new technology is that we are not trying to replace human-to-human interactions; instead, we use this app to coach children who are communicating with people in real-world situations. Children can practice their skills outside of their normal therapy sessions and it can provide them with increased independence in everyday interactions.”
So, how does it work? The app, named Holli, was created to run on a “head-mounted display in the shape of eyeglasses.” This allows it to listen to exchanges and then prompt the user with a response.
For example, let’s say someone says to the user, “Hello.” Then Holli is able to provide different ways to respond: Hey, Hello, Good Morning, etc. After the user responds, Holli waits until there’s another continuation of the conversation.
The revolutionary thing about Holli is that it can be used at home or in school or in the grocery store–anywhere. This allows individuals to take what they’re learning in a therapeutic setting and apply them out in the real world with a little extra support.
More research is needed and the plan is to offer more customized and individualized versions of Holli for each user, but so far this study is incredibly promising in offering help for teen with autism.
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