"Look at Me" is Samsung's app for Autistic children

Samsung worked with a couple of universities in Seoul, to develop an app that helps children suffering from autism communicate better. One of the problems that autistic children have is the inability to read the emotions on other people's faces. The app, named "Look at Me," uses a series of games to help these children gauge where others stand emotionally.

Clinical trials have shown that with the use of the app, children suffering from autism had a 60% improvement in maintaining eye contact with others. Twenty children took part in the clinical trial, which lasted for eight weeks. The app uses the camera on a smartphone or tablet, and includes seven interactive games designed to keep those affected with autism, focused and engaged.

"Look at Me" is a free app that is available from the Google Play Store. It is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung GALAXY Note II, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung Zoom2, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4.

If you know someone with an autistic child, let them know about the app. It might be the most rewarding thing you do this holiday season.



source: LookatMe (Android), Samsung, SamsungTomorrow via Engadget

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19 Comments

1. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Why the exclusivity?

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

good question, probably cause they did all the work, and will release it later to others... I currently use Kinect for my Autistic child

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Does Xbox have those programs or have you connected the kinect to a PC or something`?

3. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They aren't obliged to make it available for others when they spent their own time and money in developing this app and offered it for free for their customers.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They're not obliged, but this is not for monetary gain. This is for children who can't help themselves. Try growing a soul sometime.

11. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

As idealistic as it is to think that way, Samsung has no reason to extend compatibility. They've developed the application using profits from their consumers, so it's fitting (although not ideal) for them to return to their consumers. Fom a business perspective, they're still doing a very good thing.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's called charitable giving. Bill Gates, for all his faults, has given away a substantial portion of his wealth via the same fashion - the profits from his consumers. Andrew Carnegie gave away almost his entire fortune in an effort to help those less fortunate. I agree, they have no reason to do anything, but it'll be a cold day in hell before I give another penny to them. I have an autistic daughter and my duty as a father is to look out for her best interests as long as there is a puff of breath in my lungs.

17. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Yeah, and it's also called capitalism. And there's a fine line between the charitable acts of a single human being and an entire company. A company that has to pay employees, pay for R&D, and pay for stuff like this that you are essentially dismissing as evil, all while maintaining profits so it doesn't go under and we're left with companies that wouldn't even do this much.

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No, it's called corporate greed. When the leadership of a company shows the community it cares and gives back, the public and employees have a way of rallying around that company when times get tough. Many companies have survived tough times by having employees agree to salary rollbacks, pension divestitures, stock options, etc. Good luck seeing that with Wal-Mart.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post +1

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree, my wife works with Autistic children and this would be a good tool for her. Luckily her phone is a Galaxy S4, but I'm sure she would be more comfortable letting the kids play with her company issued iPad than her personal smartphone.

12. claria

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 23, 2014

Oh it's optomized for Galaxy series but you can download from any devices that run on Android.

4. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I thought it already exists, the "iOS".

8. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Did you think of that yourself or did you have help ?

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"I thought it already exists, the "iOS". No, this Samsung app is for the rehabilitation of TouchWiz users.

6. NOSrawesome

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Look at me. Look at me. I am de captain now

7. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

Anything similar on iOS?

14. DannyJr

Posts: 38; Member since: May 08, 2014

As a parent to an ASD child, I welcome this. Unfortunately I only have Galaxy Tab 2. I hope they extend this to all devices, at least older Samsung devices.

18. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Sammy most probably found out that the results are hopelessly uninspiring, and decided to play the good guy by giving it for free. It made headlines, and it doesn't matter that noone gonna use it. Sammy always acts that way.

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