In an effort to increase early autism diagnosis, researchers are working to develop computers capable of handling the task which could be implemented broadly at day cares, doctor’s offices and other places frequented by small children.

With a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers from several universities are collaborating to create a computer system capable of screening for autism in young children. Most importantly, they say they’re working to design a device that could be operated by individuals with little training, enabling more widespread diagnosis at early ages.

The technology is on the fast track, with those involved hoping to have a product ready for mass production in the next five years. Currently, researchers envision that the computer will include a video camera to interpret facial reactions and eye movements as well as the capability to monitor heart rate and other physical responses of a child participating in the test, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. To read more click here.

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