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August 28, 2014

How Germany’s Google Glass app can help sufferers of autism

The app shows human emotions in real-time.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

People suffering from autism and communication disabilities could see the benefits of Google Glass.

Researchers in Germany have introduced a new Google Glass app, which they claim can read human emotions, genders and ages in real-time.

Through the Google Glass Explorer Program, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits has developed what it calls Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition Engine (SHORE) facial recognition technology.

SHORE detects and processes facial expressions of individuals that the user would see to determine emotions, such as happiness, sadness and surprise.

According to CNET, the software took "years" to develop and uses a library of data built on the C++ programming language to analyse the emotions.

SHORE, which is also capable of estimating gender and age, would be used so that information about the person you’re communicating with would be placed next to their face.

The app is intended to be used by people with autism or who may have trouble detecting emotions.

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Fraunhofer said the technology would be useful for retailers and market researchers looking to improve customer service.

The app does not store video and images in the cloud, and the makers have yet to reveal a launch date for it.

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