Pittsburgh Drives Innovation

No more taking keys away from aging parents. No more parallel parking–although Maryland no longer requires it for driver license testing, sadly. No more driving restrictions for medical reasons. We won’t be driving, we’ll be riding if autonomous cars reign on the roadways. Carnegie Mellon (CMU)’s Navlab birthed an autonomous vehicle in 1984. Since then, many other…

Kaleidoscope Eyes

Rods and cones, all of our eyes contain them. They’re photoreceptors, the cells in our retinas processing light into signals for our visual system. Rods react in low light conditions like when you wait in a just-darkened arena for a concert and your eyes adjust, trying to determine if the band is walking on stage…

Visor – Low Vision App Review

Before I leave the Mayberry Compound, I dig through my bag past everything else to make sure I have it. Without it, there will be much squinting and guessing and mostly likely giving up on reading text with these eyes. What makes deciphering print easy? My hand-held LED magnifier. I’m always on the lookout to…

It’s Not About the Bike: Expectations and Blindness

The last thing I do some nights is remove them. I flip my long hair over my shoulder and take the first one out of my ear. I tilt my head, toss my hair again and pull out the other one. I make sure to tuck the pair safely out of the terrier zone because…

Give Your Mechanoreceptors a Whirl

I’m missing something. That’s what goes through my mind as I’m cleaning counters and dishes and floors. So, I use the grid method to minimize the issue. When I’m finished cleaning, I ask Stockton with his laser vision to take a look, too. It’s great to have a backup option. Even better, I have insurance…