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AR Technology Helps Non-Speaking Autistic Population Find Their Voice

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Setting up the Hololens2 for a user.

The concept of the system is for the user to practice their pointing and motor skills by interacting with the holographic keyboards and educational content that virtually appear in front of them.

Credit: Becca McInnes

Researchers at Canada's University of Calgary (UCalgary) have developed the HoloBoard system, which can be paired with Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality device to help non-speaking autistic individuals improve their motor skills and communication.

HoloBoard uses Microsoft's HoloLens 2 headset to generate interactive holographic images around a room.

Users can interact with holographic keyboards and educational content to enhance their pointing and motor skills.

Said UCalgary's Lorans Alabood, "In computer science and in software engineering, there's a term we use to describe this kind of research; we call it user-centered design, where we focus more on what the user actually wants. My approach in designing the HoloBoard is aligned with this, but I have taken things a step further with an empathy-centered design. This is an approach which empathizes with the person using the system and requires us to understand our non-speaking users' personal experiences in a deep way."

From University of Calgary (Canada)
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