Accessibility Facts to Know When Phone Shopping

By Angelo Pacheco, Program Administrator at Vision Rehabilitation Services for Lighthouse Guild Technology has come a long way, but has it come far enough for people with low vision and

Cortical Brain Implants Are Paving the Way for Visual Restorative Medicine

On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts Today’s big idea highlights how innovations don’t happen in a vacuum, but rather a long chain of science and research and developments

Remote Diagnostic Testing and the Machine Learning Revolution

On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts  Today’s big idea is: How will remote diagnostic tests change ophthalmology and vision care? It might be a foreign concept for some,

How the Simple QR Code Became an Empowering Navigation Tool

On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts  This episode’s big idea is navigation and how to implement a navigation solution that enables people with vision impairment to broadly travel

Training the Brain: Sensory Substitution

Today’s big idea centers on the place where big ideas get born — the human brain. In today’s episode, Dr. Roberts and his guests explore theories of brain plasticity, sensory substitution, and sensory augmentation.

Improving Visual Impairment with Technology

On Tech & Vision Podcast with Dr. Cal Roberts This episode’s big idea is about using augmented reality, machine learning, and soon fifth generation (5G) connectivity to improve vision. The Eyedaptic

Extending Human Vision

Today’s big idea is how the technology used in instruments that extend human vision to space is being relied on by vision technology developers in devices that help people with vision loss in everyday tasks here on Earth. Using substitute senses has allowed scientists across many fields to continue their work without the use of sight. The eSight is one such device that stimulates the remaining functioning vision to improve the quality of life for users. Dr. Roberts speaks with Charles Lim about the development of the device, the principles behind how it works, and the motivation for future improvements.

The Development of Artificial Vision

Today’s big idea is all about the cutting edge advancements in ocular bionic prosthetics. The Argus II is a device that uses a camera and a chip to stimulate the retina and send signals to the brain. Our guest, Dr. Mark Humayun, developer of Argus II, speaks with Dr. Roberts about the development of this device.

A “Remapped Reality” – Using Virtual Reality to Remap the Visual

Today’s big idea is the power of virtual reality — how people are using VR to remap sight and help people with . Dr. Roberts visits with Grace and Dr. Frank Werblin about how emerging technologies help people with low vision access the areas of vision they still have, by using a virtual reality system. They also talk about how sight works biologically, and how one such device, IrisVision, works to connect people socially.

Integrating Touch and Sound

Today’s big idea is how we can use touch and sound together to create spatial awareness. Just like learning to play the piano or another instrument, smart cane technology engages the both sound and touch to compensate for loss of vision. Kürşat Ceylan, the founder and CEO of WeWALK, shares how the WeWALK smart cane engages a number of senses to develop new autonomy for users, and how their technology is a jumping-off point for integrating other technologies.