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Concept to Reality: Developing Big Ideas for Accessible Technology for People with Vision Loss

October 17, 2023

Latest Episode of “On Tech and Vision” Podcast

NEW YORK (October 17, 2023) — How does life-changing technology for people who are blind or visually impaired become available? Between initial conception and going to market there is a rigorous testing and development process. The latest episode of the popular podcast “On Tech and Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts” explores the pathway from concept to reality with two vision technology innovators. 

Jay Cormier is President and CEO of Eyedaptic, a company that specializes in vision-enhancement technology. Their flagship product, the EYE5, provides immense benefits to people with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other low-vision diseases. But this product didn’t arrive by magic. He talks about the years of forward planning, testing, and internal development that were needed to bring this technology to market.  

This episode also features Dr. JR Rizzo, professor and researcher of medicine and engineering at NYU. He and his research team are developing a wearable “backpack” navigation system that uses sophisticated camera, computer, and sensor technology. He discusses the practical and technological challenges of creating such a sophisticated project, along with the importance of beta testing and feedback. 

Now in its fourth season, “On Tech & Vision” has almost 14,000 downloads since it launched in 2020 and is a recipient of a 2023 Anthem Award. The podcast is available online at and for downloading on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Podcasts iHeartRadio Podcasts and Twitter: @LighthouseGld #OnTechVision.

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Lighthouse Guild provides exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals. We provide coordinated care for eye health, vision rehabilitation and behavioral health as well as related services. 

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