Joshua A. Miele, head of the Miele Lab at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, works to create various technologies such as tactile maps that help make the world more accessible to blind people like himself. We talk with Miele as part of our First Person series, a series of conversations with the leaders, innovators and other compelling characters who make the Bay Area unique.

Joshua A. Miele, head of the Miele Lab at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco

  • Lara Long

    I’d love to hear a replay of this show with Josh Miele if it’s available!

  • Devonksf

    Is it possible to gt in touch with Dr. Miele?  I am in contact with a company that has a patent on voice recognition technology that is conversational and understands intent and meaning as opposed to just  basic word recognition search.  He might be interested in hearing about this technology. thank you

  • Language Policeman

    Such an interesting topic and knowledgeable guest, I am almost completely distracted by his repeated use of ‘Ums’ and ‘Uhs’ which number in the hundreds during this interview.

    • Sandy1109

      I suspect that Dr Miele is struggling to use vocabulary that visually distracted sighted people without PhD’s can understand. Language policeman needs give it up to learning to listen for content and perspective.

  • Is Dr. Miele familiar with Ray Kurzweil’s “K-Reader”? ( a mobile text to speech tech)
    Also, does he utilize 3D printing technologies in his research?

    Mark Eakle in Oakland

  • Henrietta04050

    I am a special education teacher.  This is terrific!

  • Tom pipinou

    I have something called ALEXIA without AGRAPHIA…..I am not blind but lost the ability to read.(die to a Stroke)
    I use a device by Intel (that has a decent for complicated formats)
    where I can take a photo of text and then it will read it to me…and I
    can see the same device built into a tablet or iPad.
    Is there a place I can get in touch with …. an app developer … that I can get in touch with to help develop it??Tom Pipinou1-408-390-8067MY NON PROPHIT SITE FOR THIS:

  • Jaye

    I’m an Orientation & Mobility Specialist for blind and visually impaired people.  I’m a big fan of tactile maps, Dr. Josh Miele, and Smith Kettlewell Eye Reserach Institute.  I was listening to this show this morning, and a student of mine got to listen to part of it.  I hope KQED will put the radio clip on the KQED website so all my blind students can listen to all of it.

  • Martin Greiner

    Josh once told me that a challenge for the tactile map formation is choosing what is needed and what to leave out. Combining the tactile map with the “magic pen” from Oakland should be a way to return the detail that had to be left out earlier. There is only so much space on the braille printer paper, so you couldn’t fit all the restaurant names or business names along each street … but maybe now you can?

  • Josh, Thanks for the excellent panel at the Society for Disability Studies Conference in San Jose last week. We will be following up on both crowdsourced participatory image descriptions and subject matter expert description for STEM textbooks.

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