Fueled by the growing support it is receiving from key organizations serving blind people, Aira is introducing its services to an increasing number of visually impaired individuals across the country. The latest example is Aira´s participation at the recent National Federation of the Blind Conference in Florida where Aira enjoyed an enthusiastic reception.
My Two-Year Journey with Larry Bock, a Selfless and Legendary Entrepreneur
Larry Bock, Aira Co-Founder and the company´s first Executive Chairman, passed away July 6, 2016, from a 13-month battle with cancer. In a personal tribute to the contributions Larry made to Aira´s development, Suman Kanuganti, Aira Co-Founder & CEO, looks back on what Larry meant to Aira during his two-year journey with the company.
At No Barriers Summit: Aira is Showcased as the Novel Technology That Helps the Blind Become More ´Adventurous´
Described as ¨a great experience,¨Aira was showcased as the novel technology for the blind at the annual No Barriers Summit in Colorado where Aira´s participation amid enthusiastic crowds included a dynamic speech on Aira technology by Suman Kanuganti; Aira´s interactive exhibit, and 12 beta user sessions conducted by Aira Agent, Erin Cater.
Oscar Salazar, a Co-Founder of Uber, Named to Aira Technology Advisory Board
Technology leader Oscar Salazar, whose achievements include having served as a co-founder of Uber, has been appointed to the Technology Advisory Board of Aira. He joins a growing cadre of other prominent innovators who are serving as Aira Board members.
Aira Using Augmented Reality to Assist the Blind
In this insightful blog, Aira Co-Founder & CEO Suman Kanuganti describes how the company is leveraging the emerging frontiers of Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to better serve Aira´s unique market: the blind and visually impaired, including how these advances will enable Aira Agents to assist blind users more effectively.
Aira Closes $2.5M Series A Financing With Noted Investors
Adding to its growing list of achievements, Aira, announces completion of a Series A financing of more than $2.5 million led by Lux Capital and ARCH Venture Partners, along with Felicis Ventures, Larry Bock, Scott Belsky, and several other well-known angel investors.
Aira Completes Successful Trials, Closes Seed Financing
The Wall Street Journal´s venture capital section reports that Aira has successfully completed multi-phase beta trial testing with more than 100 blind and low-vision (BVI) users, in addition to Aira closing on a $790K Seed financing led by Lux Capital and ARCH Venture Partners.
World-Renowned Inventor, Ray Kurzweil Named to Aira Scientific Advisory Board
Ray Kurzweil, a Director of Engineering at Google and a leading inventor responsible for radically advancing the fields of speech, text and audio technology, is named to the Scientific Advisory Board of Aira. Dubbed the ¨ultimate thinking machine¨ by Forbes Magazine, Kurzeweil created the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, among other inventions.
4 New User Advisory Board Members Bolster Aira’s Depth and Mission
Aira announces the appointment of four new members to its User Advisory Board — Christine Ha, Lawrence Gunther, Marc McAlexander, and Juan Hernandez — further bolstering Aira’s depth and mission to develop personalized, user-friendly services and technology that enhance the independence of blind and low-vision individuals.
Aira Selected for Incubation With Prominent Startup Incubator, EvoNexus
Aira is selected to incubate with EvoNexus, the leading startup technology incubator in Southern California. Aira joins more than 80 companies that EvoNexus has admitted to its incubator since the service was launched in 2009.