Via Anya Kamenetz at Fast Company, a story that is impressive, inspiring and just a bit insane:
Cognitive scientist Deb Roy blew the curve for Flip cam-packing proud pops. Since he and his wife brought their son home from the hospital, Roy has captured his every movement and word with a series of fisheye-lens cameras installed in every room. The purpose was to understand how we learn language.
In this one-of-a-kind study, Roy accumulated invaluable data that promise to greatly improve our understanding of language acquisition. By learning how a “normal” child learns how to speak, we can help children who struggle with language due to autism, apraxia, or auditory processing disorders. This is an amazing gift to children, parents, and speech therapists everywhere.
And he has the most comprehensive home-movie collection ever.