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Samsung launches 'Look at Me' app, aims to help autistic kids communicate
Autism is a developmental disorder that hinders the brain’s developmental and social skills. Over 60 million people suffer from the disorder around the world, and Samsung would like to help out in the fight. The company has just released a new app called Look at Me, which intends to help autistic children with communication skills, and more specifically, eye contact.
The app is essentially a series of seven games, all based around reading eye contact, recognizing facial expressions and expressing emotions. Samsung has worked with two universities in Seoul to create the app. Though it’s still in the early stages of testing, the app seems to be producing some promising results. Over a series of eight weeks, 20 children have been using the app for 15 minutes per day. The result? 60% of children tested were making better eye contact, as well as recognizing facial expressions more easily.
Look at Me is free in the Google Play Store, but unfortunately requires a Samsung device to use. The compatible devices are the Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 4, Note 3, Note 2, Galaxy Tab S, the Zoom, and Zoom 2. If you know anyone with an autistic child, it may be a good idea to send this app their way.