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Special Glasses for Social Interaction

That concept of responding positively to controlled interaction is what’s driving the development of another piece of technology at Holland Bloorview called Holli. 

It’s designed to help children with autism to interact socially. 

Holli uses the Google Glass, which looks like ordinary glasses, to coach children during social interactions. Holli uses the Glass microphone to listen to voices and the tiny Glass optical display to give a user appropriate answers – taking the guesswork out of conversations.

For example, the interaction being tested now is a conversation one might have when ordering at a restaurant. 

A server might ask, “What would you like?”

The Google Glasses would then show options on the display like, “I would like a hamburger” or “I would like a sandwich.”   

While still early in the development phase, Dr. Kushki can see this technology being used for a variety of social situations, like going to a library or going to a store.  

With devices like the Anxiety Meter and Holli, it’s no wonder Dr. Kushki is so excited about the future, and specifically, about technology’s potential to improve the lives of kids with autism.