Lighthouse Guild, the leading organization dedicated to providing exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals, is launching a new podcast series. “On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts” provides information and insights about technological innovations that are tearing down barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Hosted by Lighthouse Guild president and CEO, Calvin Roberts, the podcast will also discuss what technology developers and entrepreneurs need to know to meet the needs of people with vision loss. It will provide useful information and technology updates for people who are visually impaired caregivers, low vision service providers, vision/health organizations and the general community. “We are now seeing incredible innovations in areas like spatial orientation and artificial intelligence that can help people with vision loss live even more productive and independent lives,” Roberts said. “Lighthouse Guild is pleased to be a connecting rod between evolving technology and the people that can benefit from it.”
Roberts will interview experts in vision technology with a focus on options that can help restore lost vision, enhance existing vision and improve function. Topics for the first three episodes of the series include: Episode 1: Seeing with Your Ears – Translating the Audio World to Visual – how using audio can connect people with vision loss to the world around them. Roberts speaks with Yonaton Wexler about the OrCam MyEye device, which uses audio technology for this purpose.
Episode 2: A Tech Revolution in Your Hand – how using touch and sound together can create spatial awareness through the use of smart canes. Guest is Kürşat Ceylan, who developed the WeWALK, a white cane enabled with smart technologies, for people who are blind.
Episode 3: A “Remapped Reality” – Using Virtual Reality to Remap the Visual Field – how virtual reality is used to remap sight for people with vision loss. Roberts visits with Frank Werblin to talk about how combining a smart phone and VR headset to modulate the visual field can help people see better. Werblin’s device, IrisVision, incorporates this technology that not only remaps vision, but leads to renewed social connections for people with vision impairment.
The podcast is available online at lighthouseguild.org and for downloading on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Tunein.com.