Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Emotive aid for combating autism
The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology InvenTeam will invent an emotive aid in the form of a bracelet that uses a computational algorithm to extract emotional signatures from speech and display expressed emotions in real-time during a conversation. Potential beneficiaries include children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, or any of a wide array of similar diseases that impair the ability to detect emotion, thereby hindering social interactions and the development of meaningful relationships. Our algorithm will employ machine learning and neural network-based techniques to improve accuracy and efficiency relative to current methods. The invention will cost approximately $150 to prototype but the cost will likely reduce to less than $100 in the bulk manufacturing stage.