Published On: Thu, Oct 8th, 2020

Amazon’s Josh Miele and Anne Toth speak Alexa and a destiny of accessibility during Sight Tech Global

When Alexa launched 6 years ago, no one illusory that by currently there would be hundreds of millions of Alexa-enabled inclination or that Alexa would turn partial of so many lives. For people who are blind or visually impaired, voice assistants are a outrageous convenience, either we are job a desired one, cooking a meal, checking a sports measure or seeking for a continue or time. This fall, Alexa introduced personalization and conversational capabilities that are stairs toward a some-more human-like, digital factotum.

It’s sparkling to announce that Amazon’s Josh Miele, principal accessibility researcher during Amazon’s Lab126, and Anne Toth, director of Amazon’s Alexa Trust, will be vocalization during Sight Tech Global, a virtual, tellurian eventuality that addresses how fast advances in technology, many of them AI-based, will change a growth of accessibility and assistive record for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Amazon’s Alexa becomes a improved conversationalist and can now ask we questions, too

The show, a plan for a Vista Center for a Blind and Visually Impaired in Silicon Valley, launched on TechCrunch. The practical eventuality is Dec 2-3 and giveaway to a public. Registration is open

Josh Miele, Amazon

Josh Miele (Photo: Barbara Butkus)

“Before Alexa,” says Miele, who is a blind scientist with countless inventions to his credit and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in psychoacoustics, “people newly experiencing prophesy detriment would need to learn how to use a mechanism or phone with a shade reader in sequence to emporium online or download audio books. With Alexa, regulating usually voice commands, people with visible and engine disabilities can also make phone calls, get recipes, play music, report reminders, set timers and more.”

“The knowledge is done possible,” says Miele, “by Alexa’s connection of voice recognition, healthy denunciation estimate and low training — a absolute indicator of what is possible, though clearly there are still gaps to close.”

Anne Toth was a pioneering accessibility disciple during Yahoo, where in 2003 she consecrated a initial usability studies to establish how Yahoo’s services worked with assistive technology, such as shade readers.

“To be brief,” she says, “they didn’t. The user stories and videos from that initial investigate essentially altered how we suspicion about this emanate and noted a impulse we changed from being extraordinary to being an advocate.” As a personality on a Alexa Trust group during Amazon, Toth is focused on accessibility, remoteness and deepening patron trust in Alexa-enabled devices. 

Anne Toth, Amazon

Anne Toth

“Alexa-enabled devices,” says Toth, “have a advantage of being innate in an epoch when these issues are no longer seen as charity delegate advantages to a customers. When a inclination turn some-more accessible, they turn improved for everyone. There is no top threshold for what that means.” 

At Sight Tech Global on Dec 2-3, attendees will hear from Toth and Miele about arriving Alexa underline advances and a underlying technologies. Get your giveaway pass now.

Sight Tech Global welcomes sponsors. We are beholden to a stream sponsors, that embody Verizon Media, Google, Waymo, Microsoft,  Amazon, Ford, Mojo Vision, Humanware and Wells Fargo.

The eventuality is orderly by volunteers and all deduction advantage The Vista Center for a Blind and Visually Impaired in Silicon Valley.

Announcing Sight Tech Global, an eventuality on a destiny of AI and accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired

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