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On Tech & Vision With Dr. Cal Roberts

Technology Podcasts

Dr. Cal Roberts, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, the leading provider of exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals, interviews inventors, developers and entrepreneurs who have innovative tech ideas and solutions to help improve the lives of people with vision loss.

Dr. Cal Roberts, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, the leading provider of exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals, interviews inventors, developers and entrepreneurs who have innovative tech ideas and solutions to help improve the lives of people with vision loss.

Location:

New York, NY

Description:

Dr. Cal Roberts, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, the leading provider of exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals, interviews inventors, developers and entrepreneurs who have innovative tech ideas and solutions to help improve the lives of people with vision loss.

Language:

English

Contact:

917-386-9424


Episodes

Balancing Innovation and Ethics: Who is Protecting the Early Adopters?

8/12/2022
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. Innovations in implant technology are advancing at lightning speed, profoundly impacting the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. In On Tech And Vision, we’ve profiled some amazing new implant technologies that have the potential to restore people’s sight. But in this episode, we pump the breaks — because we need to address a critical part of the innovation process: the...

Duration:00:30:53

People Choice Awards 2022

6/29/2022
Listener nominations are open from July 1st - July 31, 2021. On July 1st visit: https://www.podcastawards.com, sign-up and vote

Duration:00:00:44

Tools for Success: Tech Convergence and Co-Designed Products Close Gaps for Children Who are Blind

6/3/2022
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. People who are blind or visually impaired know all too well the challenges of living in a sighted world. But today, the capabilities of computer vision and other tech are converging with the needs of people who are blind and low-vision and may help level the playing field for young people with all different sensory abilities. These tools can pave the way for children’s active participation...

Duration:00:31:50

Innovations in Intraocular Pressure and Closed-Loop Drug Delivery Systems

4/15/2022
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. In 2012, Christine Ha won the third season of Masterchef, after having lost her vision in her twenties. Since her win, she has opened two restaurants in Houston, adapting to the challenges the pandemic still poses to restaurateurs in order to meet the needs of her community. In a similarly innovative way, Max Ostermeier, CEO and Founder of Implandata Ophthalmic Products out of Hannover...

Duration:00:35:51

Restoring Vision: Code Breaking and Optogenetics

3/4/2022
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. The Enigma machines that Germany used to encode messages during World War II were notorious for their complexity. Two Enigma experts — Dr. Tom Perera, a retired neuroscientist, and founder of EnigmaMuseum.com, and Dr. Mark Baldwin, an expert on the story of Enigma machines — tell us how the Allies were able to crack the code, by using input-output mapping. The human brain is similarly...

Duration:00:31:06

Seeing with Sound: Using Audio to Activate the Brain’s Visual Cortex

1/26/2022
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. Every day, people who are blind or visually impaired use their hearing to compensate for vision loss. But when we lose our vision, can we access our visual cortex via other senses? We call this ability for the brain to change its activity “plasticity,” and brain plasticity is an area of active research. In this episode, we’ll explore how, through sensory substitution, audio feedback can, in...

Duration:00:30:02

Beyond Self Driving Cars: Technologies for Autonomous Human Navigation

12/10/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. Today’s big idea is about exciting and emerging technologies that will someday allow people who are blind or visually impaired to navigate fully autonomously. In this episode, you will meet Jason Eichenholz, the Co-Founder and CTO of Luminar, and his manufacturing engineer, Nico Gentry. Luminar’s LIDAR technology is instrumental to the development of self-driving cars, but this same...

Duration:00:25:23

Batman Technology: Using Sonar for Human Navigation

10/29/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. Today’s big idea is Sonar and a somewhat similar technology called LiDAR! Can we use the latest sonar technology for obstacle detection the way bats and other nocturnal creatures do? There have been many exciting advances happening in sonar sensors that now make this possible for people who are blind. However, unlike bats, we won’t need to receive feedback signals through our ears. Advances...

Duration:00:23:21

The Latest Frontier in Tactile Technologies

9/17/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. Close your eyes. Raise your hands. Reach out and touch the nearest surface. What are you touching? A desktop, a leather steering wheel cover, a porcelain cup, a plastic keyboard? Our sense of touch and the way in which we interpret the materials in our environment are fundamental to our experience of the world. This episode’s big idea is the new developments in tactile technologies. You’re...

Duration:00:26:01

Cortical Brain Implants Are Paving the Way for Visual Restorative Medicine

7/1/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. Today’s big idea highlights how innovations don’t happen in a vacuum, but rather a long chain of science and research and developments that build on each other. Dr. Shelley Fried’s work exemplifies this process. It took him a career’s worth of experiments and adjustments to enable his cortical brain implants to bypass the eye and restore the patient’s ability to perceive light. He had a lot...

Duration:00:29:34

Improving Visual Impairment with Technology

7/1/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. Today’s big idea is about using augmented reality, machine learning, and soon, fifth generation (5G) connectivity to improve vision. The Eyedaptic Eye2 is software-driven smart glasses for people with vision impairment. Dr. Roberts speaks with Dr. Mitul Mehta and Jay Cormier about how Eyedaptic uses machine learning to develop algorithms to guide augmentations that adapt to a person’s vision...

Duration:00:29:20

Extending Human Vision

7/1/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. 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...

Duration:00:32:51

The Development of Artificial Vision

7/1/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. 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 the Argus II, speaks with Dr. Roberts about the development of this device, and the importance of the collaboration between developers and early...

Duration:00:30:52

A “Remapped Reality” — Using Virtual Reality to Remap the Visual Field

7/1/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. Today’s big idea is the power of virtual reality - how people are using VR to remap sight and help people with vision loss in their daily lives Dr. Roberts visits with Grace Andruszkiewicz 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...

Duration:00:30:58

Integrating Touch and Sound

7/1/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. 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...

Duration:00:23:17

Seeing with Your Ears: Translating the Visual World to Audio

7/1/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. Today’s big idea is seeing with your ears — exploring technology that uses audio to connect people with vision loss to the world around them. Dr. Cal Roberts speaks with Dr. Yonatan Wexler about the OrCam My Eye device. They explore the ideas of whether the brain can recreate a picture using audio alone, how well hearing can replace lost sight, and what are the discovery processes for using...

Duration:00:30:48

Telehealth Is Opening the Doors for Patient Eye Health

3/12/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. Today’s big idea is: How will remote diagnostic tests change ophthalmology and vision care? It might be a foreign concept for some, but the specialists in today’s episode, Dr. Peter Pham and Dr. Sean Ianchulev, founders of (Keep Your Sight, a nonprofit focused on remote diagnostic vision tests) share how they can conduct more reliable perimetry tests that help detect macular degeneration,...

Duration:00:29:47

How the Simple QR Code Became an Empowering Navigation Tool

2/14/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. This episode’s big idea is navigation and how to implement a navigation solution that enables people with vision impairment to broadly travel cities — how and when they want to, independently. Dr. Roberts talks with Javier Pita, the creator of such a technology called NaviLens, which marries location finding with information. Dr. Roberts also talks with representatives of New York City’s...

Duration:00:24:45

How the Simple QR Code Became an Empowering Navigation Tool

2/12/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. This episode’s big idea is navigation and how to implement a navigation solution that enables people with vision impairment to broadly travel cities — how and when they want to, independently. Dr. Roberts talks with Javier Pita, the creator of such a technology called NaviLens, which marries location finding with information. Dr. Roberts also talks with representatives of New York City’s...

Duration:00:17:28

Training the Brain: Sensory Substitution

1/15/2021
This podcast is about big ideas on how technology is making life better for people with vision loss. 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. Dr. Patricia Grant discusses the BrainPort, which uses sensory substitution in this case, the nerve fibers in the tongue, to send information to the brain instead of the optic...

Duration:00:24:03