Check this out! Google Glass is being used in clinical trials at Stanford, helping individuals with autism improve their ability to read facial expressions.
The clinical studies ask participants to wear the glasses for three 20-minute sessions daily while interacting with family members. The glasses detect emotional expression in the face, and adds a written label to pair with the facial expression. As such, the person with autism has visual supports to make the connection between facial expression and the written label. Ingenious! The smartphone app allows the data to be recorded, which seems to add another layer of value for the glass-wearer and generations to come.
(Seriously, consider the data set that is being created, and then attempt to imagine what new technology or interventions might come out of the Google Glass experiments. Oh, your kid with autism likes computers? Perfect! She can RUN the next study! We will want her insights!)
Kudos to Stanford student Catalin Voss (student! Are you kidding me?! Revolutionary? Innovator?) and Nick Haber (researcher, post doc, http://wall-lab.stanford.edu/people/nick/) for their forward thinking approach to interventions for autism. Thank you! And may you always have access to the job of your dreams!