From among a pool of 1,900 applicants in 116 countries, Aira has been named the North America region winner of MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge. This global tournament recognizes companies that are using technology to create economic opportunity for workers. It awards $20,000 to regional winners, and in November $250,00 to 4 global prize winners.
Aira Makes Forbes’ Top 50 List of America’s Most Promising Artificial Intelligence Companies
Chosen from more than 350 private, competitive U.S.-based AI startups, Aira made Forbes magazine’s top 50 listing of the most promising AI companies in the country. Companies listed were honored for AI technology that is demonstrating key achievments in machine learning, natural language processing and/or computer vision.
For a Deeper Dive Into the Thoughts and Lives of Our Explorers and Partners, Check Out Aira’s New Blog Site
For topics reflecting everyday experiences ranging from family life to using technology, don’t forget to check out perspectives written by Aira Explorers, partners and others on Aira’s newly launched blog site. Start reading the latest blogs now!
Aira Explorer Mike Royal Goes ‘Beyond Blindness’ in Gaining Independence as an Industry Leader and Athlete
In an interview with Experience Energy (a widely read talent and culture platform in the energy industry), Mike Royal, Director of Information Technology Auditing at oil giant Anadarko Petroleum, describes how technology, including Aira, helps him continually overcome the challlenges of blindness at work and as a championship athlete.
A Boston Explorer Experiences Her First Baseball Game, With Aira Agent Assistance
Cassandra, an Aira Explorer with combined loss of sight and hearing, experienced her first baseball game (the Minnesota Twins vs. the Boston Red Sox) in Boston’s Fenway Park using Aira agent assistance for visual interpretation and an ASL interpreter to help with her vision/hearing deficit — which she chronicles in her recent blog!
Aira Access Comes to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, Giving Blind Visitors Descriptions of Aquatic Life
Using the Aira app at Shedd Aquarium allows Aira agents to give users live descriptions of aquatic creatures, says Explorer Denise Avant who used Aira at Shedd as the site became the first aquarium to join the Aira Access network –enabling blind and low vision visitors to access Aira for free when in the facility.
Aira Access Expands to Buffalo-Niagra Falls Airport, Benefiting Blind, Low Vision Travelers
Aira Access is now available at Buffalo and Niagara Falls International Airport (locations operated under the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority), giving blind and low-vision travelers instant and free access to Aira assistance while in the airport, thus resulting in “game-changing independence” for them while flying, many of them say.
Erie Maritime Museum is One of the Latest Partners to Join Aira Access
The Erie Maritime Museum (Erie, PA) has joined the Aira Access network, offering blind and low vision museum visitors free on-site access to Aira services. The museum is among 6 locations in the state participating in the network. Click below to see the TV news video (3rd from top) with Aira SME Joy Mistovich. […]
“Live Accessible”: YouTube Channel Encourages Blind and Low-Vision Audiences to Use Aira for Free
“Live Accessible”, the popular YouTube Channel that educates blind and low-vision audiences on how to enhance accessibility in their daily lives, highlighted the new “Use Aira for Free” service. The show’s host, Carrie (herself a person with low vision), provided an in-depth description of the service which garnered positive feedback from the audience.
In Forbes: Aira’s R&D Chief Describes How Augmented Reality is Benefiting Both the Sighted and Non-Sighted
Driven by consumer and industry demand, Augmented Reality technology is on a fast track to dramatically enhance the capabilities of everyone — including the visually impaired and those who are disabled, Sujeeth Kanuganti, Co-Founder and Chief of Research & Development at Aira, writes in Forbes as a member of the Forbes Councils.