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Ambient Computing and Voice Assistants: From Your Home to the Stars is Latest Episode of Podcast “On Tech and Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts”

January 31, 2023

NEW YORK (January 31, 2023) – Lots of people have voice-controlled smart home assistants like Siri, Google, or Alexa in their homes to listen to the news or to set timers. But this technology can do so much more! On the latest episode of On Tech and Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts, David Frerichs, Principal Engineer, Alexa Experience at Amazon on the aging and accessibility team, shares his design philosophy for making voice assistants more inclusive, and the preferred mode of engagement for every user. He also shares that the next stage of smart home assistants will be ambient computing, where devices will intuit your needs without your speaking to them.

We also talk with Lighthouse Guild client Aaron Vasquez, who has outfitted his home with smart home technology, and with Matthew Cho, a client who traveled to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to speak to the uncrewed Orion Spacecraft via the Amazon Alexa on board, demonstrating that voice assistant technology can bring inclusivity and accessibility to many jobs and industries and are not just for the home anymore.

Now in its third season, “On Tech and Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts” explores the big ideas that are making life better for people with vision loss. Dr. Calvin W. Roberts, president & CEO of Lighthouse Guild and podcast host, interviews innovators and experts who are breaking barriers with transformative technologies. The podcast has over 10,000 downloads since it launched in 2020.

“On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts,” is available online at and for downloading on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Podcasts iHeartRadio Podcasts and Twitter: @LighthouseGld #OnTechVision.

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