With the rapid increase in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 1990s, there are approximately 50,000 individuals with ASD turning 18 years old every year. The community-based employment rate, even for those individuals with higher functioning capabilities, is very low. This can be partly explained by socio-communicative skill deficits which are a hallmark of ASD, such as poor eye-contact and inappropriately modulated speech. There has been little work in developing assistive technology to help individuals with ASD to compensate for these deficits. In this work, we propose a new system based on a wearable augmented-reality glass platform called LittleHelper to provide customized supports for individuals with ASD in enhancing social communication during a job interview. Using the built-in camera and microphone, LittleHelper can detect the position of the interviewer relative to the center of the camera view, and measure the sound level of the user. Based on these inputs, appropriate visual feedbacks are provided back to the user through the optical head-mounted display. A pilot study on two youths with ASD has shown promising results on the usefulness of LittleHelper.
- Wong, W.-H., N. Soares, S.-C. Cheung, A. Spriggs, Y. Luo, and B. Cheung. 2018. Self-monitoring of Eye Contact Approximation and Face Orientation using Google Glass by Two Adolescents with Autism: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. (To be submitted)
- Xu, Q., S.-C. Cheung, and N. Soares. 2015. Littlehelper: An Augmented Reality Glass Application to Assist Individuals with Autism in Job Interview. In Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference (APSIPA ASC 2015), 16-19 December 2015, Hong Kong, China.
- Xu, Q., S.-C. Cheung and N. Soares. 2015. Littlehelper: Using Google Glass to Assist Individuals with Autism in Job Interviews. In International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), May 13-16, 2015.