The following was found on the web on one of the many Websites I'm on. This Quoted Story (below) tells of effort to make something that can read the emotion of people so that autistic people could figure out a bit of body language. Perhaps these researchers are spinning their wheels! We have already figured this out!
Autisms proficient picture thinkers that do MORE than Temple Grandin wrote about seem to fill in the gap between Savants and idiots and part of the success is due to the fact we have incorporated into our thought process a way to read limited body language! If ONE researcher knew just what it is we do to think and mimic traditional thought they would see how we read body language and would be even amazed that we somehow have learned to 'read it' and incorporate it into our mimicked traditional thoughts. While we have been there and done that, no one in research has, nor will they admit to our success or even our population$. Streamlined Autism like ours that has never been in print before & does an OK job at body language but,our natural in the mind process has to be better than something on a hat.
With all the blind people in the world stuck with a guide dog and a cane why not use that technology to make a hat for them that could read things? Add a few sensors and a GPS unit and perhaps the blind could see via a "cat on the hat." Put a chip on (in) someone's finger and have a camera follow the finger and read stuff like menus and elevator buttons to people. I wonder if this research spawning this is not part of an Autism Research grant? There must be more money and fame in this than doing similar work for the blind community.
Here is the Quoted item I found on the web
"Face Reader Bridges Autism Gap By Eric Smalley for Wired Newshttp://www.wired.com/news/technology/medtech/1,70655-0.html You are a mind reader, whether you know it or not. You can tell justby looking at a human face whether the person is concentrating, confused,interested or in agreement with you. But people afflicted by autism lack this ability to ascertainemotional status -- it's one of the signature characteristics of thedisease. Help could be on the way for autistic individuals, though: A novelcomputer-vision system developed at the Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology could do the mind reading for those who can't. Two MIT researchers wore tiny cameras mounted on wire rods extendingfrom their chests to demonstrate the Emotional Social IntelligenceProsthetic, or ESP, at the Body Sensor Networks 2006 international workshopat MIT's Media Lab last week. The video cameras captured facial expressionsand head movements, then fed the information to a desktop computer thatanalyzed the data and gave real-time estimates of the individuals' mentalstates, in the form of color-coded graphs. The system's software goes beyond tracking simple emotions likesadness and anger to estimate complex mental states like agreeing,disagreeing, thinking, confused, concentrating and interested. The goal isto put this mental state inference engine on a wearable platform and use itto augment or enhance social interactions, said Rana el Kaliouby, apostdoctoral researcher at the Media Lab. "This is only possible now because of the progress made in affectivecomputing, real-time machine perception and wearable technologies," shesaid. The researchers are developing an outward-facing version of the ESPsystem with a cap-mounted camera connected to a wearable computer. Peoplewith autism spectrum disorders have a hard time determining others' emotionsor even whether someone is paying attention to them. The system is designedto provide that missing information. Feedback could be visual or auditorymessages describing the target person's mental state. It could also betactile, like a vibration that cues the user to ask a question or move on toa new topic of conversation, said el Kaliouby. Software featuring video clips or animated talking heads has been usedfor years to help people with autism learn to read faces. The MITresearchers want to go a step further to help people with autism learn aboutemotions and facial expressions in the context of their daily lives, usingfaces that are meaningful to them, said el Kaliouby. The researchers are working with the Groden Center, a nonprofiteducational and treatment center in Providence, Rhode Island, to organize asix-month test of the system with a group of adolescent boys with Aspergersyndrome, which is similar to autism but milder. In addition to the psychosocial prosthetic possibilities, the ESPsystem could help autism researchers collect data in the real world andquantify aspects of social behavior, such as how long a person with autismlooks at other people's faces, said Matthew Goodwin, research coordinator atthe Groden Center. Though recent fears of an autism epidemic appear to be overblown,researchers generally hold that the disorder is becoming more prevalent,said Goodwin. The number of people with autism is difficult to pin down, butone in 500 children is a reasonable estimate, he said. The ESP system also has potential as a personal relationshipmanagement tool, said el Kaliouby. "Suddenly you are aware of what faces youmake during a conversation with your partner," she said. "Do you do enougheye contact? Are you always frowning or disagreeing?""""""" end quote FROM RICH
Our prefixed Autism thoughts once admitted to and figured out by the best of researchers might very well fill in the gap between traditional thoughts and building blocks of the human mind that have never before been in print before. We tend to have figured out autism and COMPLETED the experience and our thoughts have never been in a text book before so it is no wonder the best of autism or psychology doesn't have a clue to what we are doing to come off as "normal." While the High-tech Emotion reading devise is a grand idea and even better one is simply uniting our anthropology together and learning what it is we know and figure out what we have figured out. If you cut 20-30 years off our learning curve and teach the correct things Autism could be taught by 6th grade in most cases. Most of what we have done has been figured out by trial and error and in the school of hard knocks but yet the results are 'functioning people in real life.' It seems Autism is not prepared to admit to us just yet. Who can blame them their research was supposed to figure out autism but, in reality they are not even on the same page or for that matter, in same the book as our Anthropology can attest to. It certainly seems for sure that we will never be admitted to now, we tend to deflate Autism's empire that is post Rain Man. When "200,000" autism "professionals" say your wrong and we have never heard of you (as their natural blinders are on) you are WRONG, there is no other way around it.
Rich Shull,,,, Http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com