Can Google Glass help children with autism read faces?


Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people’s faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disabilities.

Now the 10-year-old boy from San Jose, United States, is getting help from “autism glass”, an experimental device that records and analyses faces in real time and alerts him to the emotions they’re expressing.

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