Google is to sell a revamped version of its smart glasses to a U.S. Company ‘Brain Power, more than two years after the original version of the product was cancelled.
Considered by many to be a very public failure,Google glass add another plot point to its comeback story, this time as a tool to teach social skills to children and adults with autism.
Google glass combines with Brain Power’s – “Empower Me” system that aims to empower children and adults all along the autism spectrum to teach themselves practical life skills, and assess their progress numerically.
Compatible with Google Glass and other Android-based smartglasses, Empower Me consists of a primary companion app and a web portal for educators and caregivers.
The system also contains a suite of goal-oriented apps designed for a first-person point of view that trains users on language, emotional understanding, social interaction, stress management, and other behavioral skills that impact those on the autism spectrum.
By using these wearable platforms, rather than tablets or phones that require looking down, Empower Me encourages social interaction with others, keeping people heads-up, hands-free, and engaged with their families and the world.
Empower Me not only helps to aid emotional understanding, but also features apps that assist with transition management, a daily activity that challenges some people on the autism spectrum. Additionally, it features apps designed to target attention to social cues, including the ability to focus on face and eye regions when it is desirable to do so.
Empower Me features an augmented reality (AR) environment in which users can interact with the world around them aided by a non-intrusive display of intelligent visual cues. The system also uses advanced emotion AI and gamification techniques based on scientific principles to motivate children and adults to overcome social and behavioral challenges.
The Empower Me system consists of a Google Glass wearable device, Brain Power’s suite of assistive apps for daily activities, and a web-based dashboard for monitoring and measuring progress.