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BYU Students Make Glasses To Help Autistic Kids' Eye Contact

A group of Brigham Young University students has designed a pair of glasses aimed at helping kids with autism establish eye contact. 

The Daily Herald reports the glasses consist of two LCD screens, two sheets of teleprompter glass and a speaker, somewhat like a virtual reality headset. In theory, they would allow a therapist to stream an animation in order to catch a child’s attention, at which point they could lower the opacity of the cartoon and help the child establish eye contact. The project sponsored by Heidi Kershaw the senior vice president of operations at the Entertainment Industry Foundation in Los Angeles and mother of an autistic boy.