Google Glass flopped in the general market, however, the folks at Standford did not overlook the potential benefits to other markets. They recently developed a new use for Google Glass: Helping children with autism improve their understanding of facial cues.
Seeing Nick consistently and correctly respond to facial cues would be a game changer! Until you’ve met a person who does not have this skill it’s impossible to understand how vulnerable it makes them, and the many ways in which it makes it impossible for them to respond to, fit in and connect with others in the simplest ways.
For those of you who don’t know what I mean, try this; Ask someone to shoot you every look they use to convey a non-verbal message (they can include hand gestures if they like) and then think what that tells you, and how you would act differently knowing that information. For example, you see a creepy look so you move away, a sad look and you feel concern, maybe step closer and ask “what’s wrong”? You Get The Idea…
Then have them shoot you the same looks, make the same gestures while you have your eyes covered. Notice your response…
Now you know what it’s like to have autism and not be able to read social cues.
Hey Google, when will this be available to families?