In his freshman year at Stanford, Catalin Voss helped build an app for Google Glass that could recognize emotions. The software use facial recognition software to analyze expressions, and compared those expressions to a database to determine the emotion being expressed. The app was so successful that a Japanese company purchased the creation and is working to implement the technology into passenger vehicles.
The benefits of facial and emotional recognition in vehicles are clear; the vehicle can tell when a driver is distracted or upset and intervene by taking control or issuing an alert. However, the technology that Voss created is so powerful that he and others at Stanford are developing an application that could have incredible benefits for people on a very personal level.
Voss and his colleagues, Dennis Wall and Nick Haber, are adapting the software to help autistic children recognize and understand facial expressions and, by extension, emotions. Another group shares the challenges that autistic children face in processing this visual information; victims of traumatic brain injury. The software could let both groups lead a more normal life.
According to WIRED, the software “…operates like a game or, as Voss calls it, an “interactive learning experience.” Through the Google Glass eyewear, …