Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Idea for using Google Glass for Autism Research Study

Thought I 'd just mention a quick idea...

I got an idea yesterday which may be a useful application of Google Glass.

In a nutshell, my idea is to have a research group/population of young parents wear Google Glass when interacting with their very young children.

The camera and microphone in the glasses, in conjunction with specialized software, could statistically characterize and analyze/track infant eye movement and sound/voice/speech patterns over time.

Should a rapid degradation in, say, the degree of infant eye contact, be detected over a 24-48 hour period, a notification would promptly be generated to the parents and researchers along with supportive data.

In such a situation, the parents' memory of what specific factors the child was exposed to in the past days/week would be quite complete and accurate while the resulting suspect causal factors would be narrowed down exponentially thus giving researchers a much shorter list of possible Autism causal factors to contemplate.

The above assumes that children can sometimes transition from normal to ASD over a very short period (days). Many parents have stated they feel this is the case, however, this may not be the case.

Here is the URL to the Google+ posting I made earlier today where I describe the idea in more detail:


That's a wrap...