Alyx the robot can teach people with autism how to cope with office politics!
People with autism often find it difficult to understand the unsaid and subtle emotional cues that other people often take for granted. Teaching them how to understand those signals can be a challenge.
Enter Alyx, a robotic emotion teacher, who can teach them exactly how to tackle that problem. In the United Stated and United Kingdom, more than 80% of adults with autism are unemployed. Its not that they cannot do the job but that they can't follow what people really mean, rather than simply what they say.
Alyx’s face is simple, with very few features and that is because human faces generate lots of small signals that people with autism can find difficult to understand. Alyx has a basic, easily controllable robotic face that makes it an ideal teacher of social cues.
In a training session with Alyx, a user would perform a simple office task and Alyx will respond with a sign of approval or disapproval. This is the main problem that adults with autism need help in - knowing whether or not they’re doing a good job.