Brain Power Autism System

Three children on the autism spectrum testing the Brain Power Autism System, running on Glass Enterprise Edition. (All images with permission.)

Our Approach

We take an approach that embraces the state of the art in neuroscience and neurotechnology, and yet centers on the human nature of social interactions and other challenges. We collect and harness numerical brain-based and behavioral data scientifically and rigorously, yet we interact with the child and family based on insights and answers they can readily understand. We aim to provide hope, clarity, understanding, social integration, and community

We practice user-centered design, and include people on the autism spectrum into our testing, design, and brainstorm sessions. We even have several fulltime employees on the spectrum, who contribute throughout the operations of our company.

 

Disclaimer: We do not treat or cure any disease nor provide medical diagnosis or therapy. We offer personal empowerment products that provide useful information and coaching to people who use them, based on neuroscience innovations and technological advances from MIT and Harvard.

Mission

The Brain Power Autism Autism System aims to empower children and adults all along the autism spectrum to teach themselves practical life skills, and assess their progress numerically. We hope to extend this empowerment right across the human condition.

What we address

Autism afects 3.5 million families in the US alone, and is a complex spectrum that no one fully understands yet. We understand that each person is unique. Yet we are committed to inventing and engineering practical tools that can help people in their daily lives, and we have spoken to and worked with hundreds of people on the spectrum, their families, and wide array of practitioners dedicated to improving their lives. We have identified 4 key educational challenges that face many children and adults on the spectrum, and have focused our tools on them:

Social Interactions

Social interactions are crucial for self-sufficiency but dispiritingly difficult for some ASD children. Our tools measure and assist: emotion decoding based on facial and body language, recognizing emotionally important events, face-directed gaze, social eye contact, conversation coaching, and more.

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Language

Delays in language learning cost dearly in education and socialization. Using neuroscience and cutting edge tech, we provide ways to increase motivation and learning of language, based on the actual learning style: of  children with ASD in general, and then tuned to the specific user. Gamified and based in the newest aritifical intelligence, our apps are fun and adaptive.

Behavior Control

Autism often involves repetitive behaviors. These may have long-term impact on self-sufficiency, though ironically they may provide short-term comfort. We focus on managing underlying distress and sensory overload; and on learning to substitute more covert behaviors when desired. We also have apps for managing Transitions.

Category Formation

Many people with ASD have difficulty arriving at abstract categories like “ball” or “dog” or “happy” rather than individual snapshots of experience for each. Our fourth category of tools measure and assist the forming of stable and accurate semantic categories.

Product Features

Gamified and Motivational

Earn points for guessing your partner’s emotion. Unlock cartoon faces and gold stars for attending to your friend’s face when talking. Compete against others and your own high score. … These tried and true motivational system, which our tests show people with ASD love, are also crucial scientifically. Through game performance and improvement we can measure if and when assistive information is actually understood and acted upon by the user.

User-Centered Design

We involve autistic people at every stage of the design process. We are committed to the idea that this is how to make a product that serves the needs of the community. From our several employees on the spectrum to the hundreds of children and adults on the spectrum who have tested our evolving system over the years, we listen and learn. And implement!

Artificial Intelligence

The emotional and social computations that the Brain Power Autism System takes on are difficult for the adult human brain – let alone for a lightweight wearable computer (or any computer)! We employ the newest in artifial intelligence and patent-pending algorithms, to do much of the hard work for the user and make the assistive experience as seamless and as educational as possible.  

Big Data

Never before could data be gathered at this level of granularity, and now new types of questions can be answered.  Our aim is to uncover data-driven subtypes of autism, and to customize the experience for each unique child and adult.  

Product Philosophy

Quantitative Data

The Brain Power Autism System (BPAS) records behavioral and performance data, and bodily signals; processes them; and gives intuitive, simple, gamified feedback to the wearer, caregiver, or physician.

Software Based

The BPAS is a set of software apps that run on head-word computers such as Glass. Software can be deployed around the world instantly, allowing us to assist families with autism everywhere.

Flexible Configuration

Glass can be worn by the child (when possible) or the caregiver or both, and works with smart phone or watch devices. Flexible and part of an ecosystem.

Maximizing Glass

Glass is not a toy. It is a sophisticated computer and connected device with sensors built right in. We have patent-pending ways to turn it into a bio-sensing device.

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