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How Google Glass improves social skills in autistic people

A new technology has been developed which uses Google Glass to help those with autism make eye contact, engage in conversations and be able to read social situations and cues more easily.

tech Updated: Jul 27, 2015 12:52 IST

A new technology has been developed which uses Google Glass to help those with autism make eye contact, engage in conversations and be able to read social situations and cues more easily.

Ned Sahin, a Boston entrepreneur and scientist, has developed a new technology that aims to change the way those with autism see the world.

"The Brain Power system adds enhancements to the Google Glass or other wearable (technology) and then a suite of software," Sahin said.

The software was designed to help those with autism make eye contact, engage in conversations and more easily read social situations.

"It coaches eye contact directly, rewarding points to the child or adult with autism. Then, when they look at someone in the eye, their little computer screen shows the emotions the other person is feeling," Sahin said.

The glasses can help make someone relax by playing soft music and even has a solution to the fear of "wandering", wbir.com reported.

"A Mom can speak to her child through the device and actually see what he is seeing," Sahin explained. "We activate the camera so it becomes a remote version of her eyes."

Clinical trials for the new technology will begin later this year at Harvard Medical School.