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  • posted Like many children with autism, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people's faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder.

    Now the 10-year-old San Jose boy is getting help from "autism glass" - an experimental device that records and analyzes faces in real time and alerts him to the emotions they're expressing.

    The facial recognition software was developed at Stanford University and runs on Google Glass, a computerized headset with a front-facing camera and a tiny display just above the right eye.

    Julian is one of about 100 children participating in a Stanford study to see if "autism glass" therapy can improve their ability to interpret facial expressions.

    "There's not a machine that can read your mind, but this helps with the emotions, you know, recognizing them," Julian said.

    Julian wears the device each day for three 20-minute sessions when he interacts with family members face-to-face - talking, playing games, eating meals. The program runs on a smartphone, which records the sessions.

    When the device's camera detects an emotion such as happiness or sadness, Julian sees the word "happy" or "sad" - or a corresponding "emoji" - flash on the glass display. The device also tests his ability to read facial expressions.

    "The autism glass program is meant to teach children with autism how to understand what a face is telling them. And we believe that when that happens they will become more socially engaged," said Dennis Wall, whose lab is running the study.

    Stanford student Catalin Voss and researcher Nick Haber developed the technology to track faces and detect emotions in a wide range of people and settings.

    "We had the idea of basically creating a behavioral aide that would recognize the expressions and faces for you and then give you social cues according to those," said Voss, who was partly inspired by a cousin who has autism.
  • posted Google Glass isn’t ready for prime time. Even Google knows this, which is why it hasn't shipped to the masses yet. Instead, Google floated a few units to “Explorers,” glorified guinea pigs who can enjoy the joys and trials of this cuttingest edge of cutting edge technologies. But nascent or not, Glass exists, and it works. Or at least it "works." Developers are still getting their feet wet, high-profile apps like Twitter and Facebook feel more like experiments than finished products, and bugs aren’t the exception, they’re the rule. But, you know, the thing turns on, and hears you say "Okay, Glass," and eagerly awaits your next command. Beyond the home screen, it’s up to Glass Explorers to wade through the good apps, the bad apps, and the broken apps, and we're right there with them. We went exploring, and this is what Glass can do; right here, right now.

    And for those of you without Glass, hopefully we can help you live vicariously through our misadventures and humble GIF illustrations. Glass is a strange beast, and it can take a while to get used to and understand what it’s trying to do. Maybe we’ll make you jealous, or maybe you’ll decide Glass is a worthless piece of trash. Either way, we hope we can shed light on the mystery, the wonder, and the social awkwardness that is Glass.
  • posted Fake Satire News Article Generator
    With this idea you would type visit the website, type in a simple title, add some keywords, then hit "submit". The site would use advanced AI to build a completely fake article from scratch (including images it googled and scraped from the internet), themed around the headline you gave it. The fake article would persist at a URL that could be shared and go viral to play pranks on people.
  • posted "Date Night" alternating-themed restaurant
    My wife and I always have a hard time deciding what to do on our date night. What if there was an "active restaurant" simply called "Date Night" that rotated a different theme every week for couples to enjoy. For example, one week, for every night that week, everyone that shows up would go on a bike ride to a secluded clearing in a forest where a picnic was provided. Another week: couples dancing classes; another week: hot air ballooning, another week: kayaking. All of them could have food provided. Sometimes it could be a surprise and you don't know what the restaurant will have you do until you're there. Other times it could be advertised in advance.
  • posted Pokemon Alerter
    An app that alerts you when a pokemon that you don't already have has spawned within walking distance of your location.
  • posted WhoToVoteFor.com - A Politician Matching Site
    A political site where you answer a short questionnaire about your views and it automatically matches you with the politician that most closely resembles your views, regardless of party affiliation.

    The whole idea of this tool would be to help people that are struggling to figure out who to vote for in a crazy election like we're having in 2016.
  • posted Tinder Go

    A hybrid between Tinder and Pokemon Go, in which you have to like or dislike people, and once you have a match you don't have access to the chat, but instead you localize your match on the map, and then you have to find the one by gently stalking him/her, and eventually capture him/her before you get caught.
    I don't know what the consequenses could be in such a flirt and fight game, but sure it'd be fun.
  • posted Kids Phone
    I want a phone that is completely geared for kids, to give my 8 year old. Not an existing smartphone that has been stripped down somehow, I mean a phone that is completely tailored to them (think: a "jitterbug" for kids). I want to be completely in control of blocking all internet access, only installing apps that I want on there, only adding contacts to the phone/messaging service that I approve.

    I want this so that my 8 year old can:
    a) play Pokemon Go without having access to other apps or the rest of the internet
    b) play other GPS kid games safely
    c) can message the neighbor kid down the road or use it as a walkie-talkie.
    d) be tracked and I know exactly where she is at all times
    e) can call me for help if she is in trouble
  • posted Team Code Tracker
    The company I work at has 20 developers on 2 different teams working on about 10 different branches, consisting of 2 different visual studio solutions and about 20 microservices. We also have 3 "dev" sites and 3 "test" sites where builds are pushed and we test code.

    We are constantly getting out of sync with each other. We're constantly losing track of what code is being developed on what branch. The teams are constantly asking each other to sync up code that is missing/behind/questionable on any one of the 6 test sites. It's a nightmare and one that I don't think "better communication" can fix. We need a tool of some kind that helps us visualize, communicate and keep track of all of these variants at all times. I imagine this is a common problem with software companies of significant size and this tool seems to be completely absent from the industry.
  • posted Chocolate Vitamins
    What if you took the liquid center from Lindt truffles and put it in vitamin pill form, marketing it as a healthy daily chocolate dosage? People have been advocating the health benefits of chocolate for years. This would simply cement and market those claims more effectively. In vitamin form, people are more likely to think of it as a healthy thing, plus you limit the portion size. It could be sold at GMC in large bottles with a huge profit margin. Vitamin's aren't FDA-regulated plus you're using chocolate which is already approved for consumption. Simply tout the flavenoid and anti-oxidant benefits!
  • posted Working Pokedex
    I want an off-the-shelf pokedex with a super-cheap monthly service rate that I can buy and give to my kids purely to play pokemon Go. A quick Google search turns up lots of other people wanting the same things. I don't want to give my kids (all under 10 years old) a fully-fledged smartphone and I don't want the hassle of buying a crappy phone, finding the appropriate data plan, locking down all parental controls, etc, simply for Pokemon Go, yet this is what I will have to do if I want to share this experience with my kids.

    There might be a business opportunity for someone to simply buy cheap phone with cheap service, lock down parental controls, install pokemon go then resell. Bonus points if you make a cool pokemon-related case for it!
  • posted A unified tracking system,

    These days the market between security based tracking devices and normal consumer devices is quite small whereas not long ago they were miles apart. If the right solution for tracking and hardware could come together you'd have a great way of unifying the two markets.
  • posted "Get Motivated" Startup Idea
    I was reading about "Loss Aversion" as a trick to get yourself motivated and I think there's a potential business idea here. The psychology of loss aversion is that people double their motivation if there is a risk of them LOSING something of value, than if they were to simply work to gain something of that same value. For example, if you lost a $100 bill in a campfire, watching it burn right in front of your eyes, most people would be sick about the loss. But if you found a $100 bill lying on the sidewalk, you would be happy, but the happy emotion would only be about half as strong as the sadness if you had lost it.

    So here's the idea: Setup a site called MotivateMe. People who sign up send you $100 by online payment. You withdraw that $100 in 100, $1 bills. Then the people set a goal and if they don't reach that goal, you both log on to a google hangout where you BURN THEIR CASH IN FRONT OF THEIR EYES. If they reached their goal however, you send them back the cash, minus your payment for the service.

    The results on motivation would be phenomenal.