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Google Glass could be influential with autism


Paul Louden is a self-described gadget enthusiast.

"It's sort of a combination bluetooth headset, computer, and screen, and camera," Louden said, of Google Glass Explorer.

His newest toy is a prototype of a first of its kind wearable computer called Google Glass.

"It's really exciting.  The hardware is very much very interesting because of all of the things it could potentially do," Louden said.

Louden is a Google Glass Explorer, 8,000 people worldwide who Google chose to buy the prototype---test it---and offer feedback.

He won the opportunity through his 50 word pitch to the company.

"I am an adult on the autism spectrum," Louden said.

Louden has asperger's sydrome and hosts a Phoenix-based radio show called Understanding Autism.

"Okay glass. Google. How do you say thank you for the flowers in Italian?" Louden said.

He sees the wearable computer with a heads up display as a great tool to help people with autism compensate for their weaknesses.


"People on the autism spectrum tend to be a little more disconnected from their memories. They'd see it as a series of events as if you watched as TV show or if you heard about a story from someone else. But they aren't really firmly connected to the memory," Louden said.

"But with point of view pictures, video, and sounds, that can be played back. It could help with memory and organization," Louden said.

Google glass really offers the opportunity to sort of offload some of these processes that people on the autism spectrum are really weak with.