Throughout history, music therapy has allowed children with social deficits to come out of their shells. Because of an exploding technological universe, scientists are experimenting with treatment using artificial intelligence. To help autistic children work on their life skills, a Massachusetts startup has created emotion-tracking high-tech glasses.
“Our applications are gamified and engaging, and run on smart glasses. Unlike with a tablet or phone, the person is looking up, and our software encourages social interaction with other people.” [said Dr. Ned Sahin, founder of Brain Power.]
The Empower Me glasses feature games such as Emotion Charades, which encourages users to interact with others. Seeing that emojis are all the rage with young smartphone consumers, the application is a clever one. Years of thorough testing are finally bringing the system to market.
“People on the spectrum enjoy the engaging format of the applications we have designed, and parents truly appreciate the ‘connectedness’ they feel with their child,” Sahin continued.
Developed along with MIT, Harvard, and Affectiva, Empower Me doesn’t come cheap. At $945 for the apps alone, the price tag isn’t a light one — but it surely is well worth it.