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        NOVA Next | Augmenting Social Cues for the Disabled

        Learn about assistive technologies designed to improve the social interactions of people with disabilities, in this NOVA Next article. While many assistive technologies focus on aiding people with physical tasks, there has not been much focus on social interactions. However, some technologies are being developed to assist with people’s emotional and social needs. New devices like the Haptic Chair can help the visually impaired sense nonverbal cues by translating facial expressions into recognizable vibration patterns. Another product in development uses Google Glass to help people with autism recognize social cues and reinforce positive social behaviors. These new assistive technologies will help to reduce social isolation and improve both social and physical health. This resource is part of the NOVA Next Collection.

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