In his first year at Stanford, Catalin Voss helped build an app for Google Glass that could recognize emotions. If you put on Google’s computerized eyewear and looked at others in front of you, the software could tell you — based on their facial expressions — if they were happy, sad, surprised, or disgusted.
But at Stanford, Voss has bigger ambitions. He’s now working with Dennis Wall, a professor in the university’s school of medicine, to hone this technology into something useful for children diagnosed with autism. This was one of Voss’s original aims when he built Sension, but that didn’t fit the broader prospects of the business. So he spun off the idea as a project inside the medical school.
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