SPRING, TX - These days, “the glass is half empty” for Google Glass users.
Google has stopped production of their wearable technology, at least in its current form. While that has no impact on many of us, it’s different for Paul Louden who has Asperger’s, an Autism spectrum disorder. “For those of us who’ve found a significant place in our lives for it, we’re sort of left without a paddle up a creek,” says Louden.
As an autism advocate, Louden was one of the first to receive and test the super specs. A year and a half later, he’s come to rely on them. “A lot of what I use it for is staying in touch. I have a lot of anxiety about being out of touch. So staying in touch and being able to respond to let people know I’m okay and nothing has happened. Another thing I mentioned is that a lot of people on the autism spectrum have motivation and memory issues, that can make it really hard to keep track of what’s going on - to remember to look at your calendar for it and because it’s integrated into Google Calendar it can provide reminders and sort of keep them in front of you in a timely manner,” explains Louden.
While Google has stopped testing this prototype, don’t be surprised if there’s a new and improved version in the not so distant future but for now, Louden and other explorers just have to “protect their Glass” and hope for the best.