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Aira is proud to announce that we are the recipients of a 2018 Edison Award, celebrating acheivements in technological innovation. Named in honor of famed inventor Thomas A. Edison, the Edison Awards showcase best-of-breed technology in a wide variety of categories, including consumer goods, energy, health, and transportation. Past winners include SpaceX, Nike, FitBit, Intuit, and Nest.

Mission Statement:

To be a leader in globally recognizing, honoring and fostering innovation and innovators to create a positive impact in the world. …

Aira Forges Partnership with City of Boston to Offer Service at one of the World’s Premier Sporting Events

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City of Boston & Aira — Making the 2018 Boston Marathon the most accessible in the world. Sign up today: The mayor of Boston’s seal in the lower right.

Today, Aira announces details of a partnership with the City of Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities, and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, enabling free access to Aira in Boston, April 9th, through April 17th. People who are blind or low vision will be able to use Aira’s service via smartphone, for free all week to experience One Boston Day and the Boston Marathon more independently.

Throughout the week, individuals who are blind or low vision can download the Aira app and use it to connect to a remote, sighted agent to access information on-demand. Agents can provide visual descriptions of surroundings and activities, including all the action of the race and events taking place in and around the city. On request, Aira agents can access websites, digital maps, rideshare apps, and other helpful resources on your behalf at the click of a button. …

More than 350,000 people will attend the event in Washington, DC this weekend

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Suman Kanuganti and Larry Bock.

Aira is excited to announce that the USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 7th and 8th, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, will feature free Aira service. We will be turning the event into an Aira pop-up to allow current explorers and guests the opportunity to use Aira to experience this amazing event, at no cost.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival is near and dear to our hearts. It’s founder, the late Larry Bock, was one of Aira’s earliest investors, champions, and mentors and its first chairman. After attending similar events while traveling abroad to Europe and Asia with his family, Bock was inspired to build a similar festival in the United States, to “ignite the interest of U.S. …

Assistive technology service will help Beyond Vision offer even greater opportunities for people with vision loss in the workplace.

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Beyond vision logo. Illustration of two people shaking hands, one is holding a cane. “Beyond Vision” in red.

Beyond Vision, a non-profit providing employment options for people who are blind, is partnering with the country’s fastest-growing assistive technology service, Aira. Beyond Vision is the latest to join the Aira Employer Network: a program aimed at increasing both productivity and career opportunities for people who are blind or low vision.

For over 100 years, Beyond Vision has been providing various forms of employment for people who are blind. Half the employees at Beyond Vision, from production to senior leadership, are people with vision loss. …

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Photo of Carrie McQueen

Interesting startups, smart people and fun business cultures are pretty easy to find in San Diego, as are great mission-driven organizations and non-profits. But, how often do you get to combine all of that, and address an enormous, under-served market?

Joining Aira gives me an opportunity to serve a young, fast-growing company that has an outstanding mission and enviable prospects for growth.

And joining now I get to help build this company and see it grow. Is that exciting? YES!

As a Finance professional I understand the importance of a diverse pool of committed backers for any small, growth oriented company. Aira’s vision and technology has attracted multi-disciplined investors and funds focused on Human Performance, AI, Medical Devices, Blind and Low Vision, Assistive Technology and Cognitive Science — all coming together to support Aira’s product and service. And with the convergence of these disciplines, Aira’s technology is evolving rapidly, with nothing but opportunity in its future. They (WE!) …

AT&T and Aira to Demonstrate a Preview of Solutions at HIMSS18 Conference

AT&T and Aira are developing and testing a solution designed to help people who are blind or have low vision better manage their prescription medication. The companies are working through the AT&T Foundry to develop the solution.

Nearly 60% of Americans take prescription drugs. Correctly reading the dosage instructions and other information printed on their labels is vital.

Aira develops transformative remote assistive technology that connects the blind with a network of certified agents via wearable smart glasses and an augmented reality dashboard. The agents serve as visual interpreters for people who are blind, helping them accomplish a wide range of tasks and activities including navigation, entertainment, work tasks, running a marathon, or reading a bedtime story. …

Partnership provides free Aira service for lighthouse employees to enhance efficiency and independence in the workplace.

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Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind logo. Blue and green circle, with a white lighthouse on the left. Text reads: Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, focus on opportunity.

Leadership at the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind (DLB), a leading non-profit employing and providing resources for visually impaired individuals, today announced it is now offering Aira technology — or “live” visual assistance via smart glasses — to both the organization’s employees and the seeing impaired community-at-large who visit the facility. The Dallas Lighthouse will be the first of 61 lighthouses for the blind in the country to utilize the technology.

Aira, pronounced EYE-Rah, is an assistive technology that connects people who are blind with a network of certified, live agents via wearable smart glasses and a smartphone app. Powered by the AT&T network, Aira’s technology includes an augmented reality dashboard, accompanied by real-time video, allowing agents to be the source of visual cues for a user (AKA Explorer) on-demand. Agents, serving as visual interpreters, help Explorers accomplish a wide range of daily tasks and activities –such as reading, shopping, social interactions, and job seeking. …

Groundbreaking Initiative to Provide Aira Free of Charge to Support Job Search from “Application to Interview”

Today, most estimates suggest that the unemployment rate in the blind community is as much as 70%. To address this gap and assist job seekers who are blind or low vision currently seeking employment, Aira, the world’s fastest-growing assistive technology service, is announcing a new initiative to provide free service through the Aira Employment Program.

Aira, called a “godsend” by the New York Times, uses smart glasses equipped with a camera that streams live video to a remote, human agent. Using the video stream, GPS, and web data, agents offer live, on-demand assistance to people who are blind or visually impaired. Today, people use Aira to a huge variety of tasks, including reading, shopping, social interactions, navigation, home management, experiencing art, travel, taking in sporting events as well as employment assistance. …

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Christine Ha wearing a grey dress, standing at the TSA Security Station speaking with a TSA Officer wearing a bright blue shirt.

Starting on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, Houston’s airports became even more accessible for travelers who are blind or low vision.

Now, at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport, subscribers to the Aira service will be able to use the technology free of charge. The two Houston airports are the first in Texas to join the Aira Airport Network, and just the third and fourth in the country to do so. Under the agreement, the Houston Airport System has agreed to cover the cost of minutes used by Aira subscribers within the airport terminals through the end of 2018.

“The Houston Airport System is constantly assessing how it can better enhance the airport experience. We work with our federal partners including the FAA — constantly reviewing and adapting the airport to exceed ADA standards,” said HAS Chief Operating Officer Jesus Saenz. “This partnership with Aira is one way of enhancing accessibility to a segment of the population that experiences blindness and low vision, and is another example of our efforts to go beyond the standard and truly make travel a great experience for everyone who comes through our airports.” …

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A white Aira logo, airplane icon, and white text on a light blue background. Text: “Making the airport experience liberating for the blind and visually impaired.”

Aira, the world’s fastest-growing assistive technology service for people who are blind or low vision, is pleased to announce that the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) has joined the Aira Airport Network. Aira customers who travel through MSP will now be able to access on-demand assistance from a remote Aira agent, free of charge, while at the airport. Joining Memphis International Airport in the network, MSP is embracing the right of blind and visually impaired (BVI) travelers to the same access to visual information as the sighted.

Aira empowers the BVI community to engage, explore and experience the world around them by providing real time visual assistance when and where it is needed. Using a pair of camera-enabled smart glasses and a mobile app, Aira subscribers connect with remote, sighted assistants, who can provide visual descriptions of their surroundings and convey useful information about the environment. At the airport, travelers can use Aira to help navigate security lines, get updates on gate changes or flight delays, or identify bags at baggage claim. …


Brittany Carambio

Marketing, comms, and PR at Making the world a better place through AI + AR assistive tech.

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