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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