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December 23, 2014

Samsung launches app to help kids with Autism

The app will help kids remember faces, make eye contact and read facial expressions.

By CBR Staff Writer

Samsung Canada has partnered with Autism Speaks Canada to release ‘Look At Me’, an Android app which is designed to help kids with autism improve eye contact with others.

The app uses the smartphone’s camera to help kids understand moods, read facial expressions and poses as well as help them remember faces and express themselves in a better way.

It features different ‘missions’ and levels, with a reward system and visual or sound effects.

The smartphone maker recommends using the app for 15-20 minutes each day.

Previously, Google and advocacy group Autism Speaks announced a project dubbed MSSNG, which aimed to develop the world’s largest database of sequenced genomic information from people with autism spectrum disorder, reported Tech Crunch.

MSSNG will be accessible to scientists for research and will be stored on Google Cloud Platform.

‘Look at Me’ is now available for download, and is compatible with Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, Galaxy Tab 3, Galaxy Tab 4 and Galaxy Tab 5, and Zoom 1 devices.

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Samsung Canada is also planning to donate 200 GALAXY Tab S devices with ‘Look at Me’ preloaded to 200 Canadian families dealing with autism, reported MobileSyrup.

Look At Me was developed by doctors and professors from Seoul National University Bundag Hospital and Yonsei University Department of Psychology, who conducted a clinical trial with 20 children for eight weeks. They claim that 60% of kids tested showed improvement in making eye contact.

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