Improving the Quality of Lives through Technology

 

One of the biggest impacts that the advancement of digital has had on the world is improving human lives. Artificial Reality (AR) has been prominent in the digital space for years, but recently the research on this technology has been more concentrated on how it can enhance people’s lives.

Autism Glass Project powered by Google

A particular area of research has been focused on how AR could be used to help children with autism. Many autistic children find it difficult to read emotions on people’s faces, which is the main driver behind the creation of the Autism Glass Project.

Google Glass, launched just under five years ago, is a wearable android that displays information on the lens of the glasses. To the normal eye, the device looks like a bulky pair of glasses, but this technology has been further developed to generate ‘Autism Glass’ Therapy which is currently being tested by Stanford Medicine alongside Google.

The system uses AR to automate facial expression recognition through the outward facing camera on the glasses. This then provides social cues to the individual, through words or emoji’s. The trial of this new technology has grown increasingly with the aim to be released on the market in the near future.

Leka, the new robot companion

However, the Autism Glass Project is not the only digital element that could change the lives of children with autism. The spherical robot Leka is designed for autistic children and works by using sounds, light and colours to interact with its user. The robot also has a likeable face that changes expression to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Leka responds to its user’s participation in games, customised to improve cognitive and motor skills, all controlled via Bluetooth and programmed through an app.

Listerine leading the way

Brands are also starting to get into the mind set of finding ways to improve the quality of their customers’ lives. A great example of this is Listerine and its Power of a Smile campaign released late last year.

This thought provoking campaign is based upon the creation of an app that allows blind people to ‘feel a smile.’ Listerine have combined AR with facial recognition technology detecting smiles and then creating a noise or vibration to notify the user that has impaired sight. To gain more information about this campaign, below is the moving video that was released alongside the app.

 

 

This is just a few examples of how the digital revolution is aiding people’s quality of life and having positive impacts which are rippling through many industries.

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By Charlotte Mill

Charlotte is the Sales and Marketing Executive at Lab. Her background is primarily in Marketing after completing her degree in 2015, the IDM Digital / Direct Marketing award as well as the Google Squared Digital Marketing Qualification on a full scholarship. In her spare time, she has an active lifestyle blog which mainly revolves around food and her Cocker Spaniel, Tia. Catch up with Charlotte on Twitter, @CharlotteMill_

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