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Tim Hornik
· November 2, 2017
AIRA is my go to device, next to my iPhone. You can stow away all of those recognition devices, like scanners, color identifiers, Id mates, and even wayfinding solutions, as AIRA's highly trained agen...ts will do all of this and more. I have encountered some of the issues previously mentioned, like connectivity, but still will give this a five star rating. AIRA takes what I like about Be My Eyes and ORCAM, but packages it into a singular tool that empowers me to be more active. This is one of the few devices for the blind I fully endorse as a blind consumer, advocate for assistive technologies, certified AT instructional specialist, social worker, and Veteran small business owner. See More
Mark Lasser
· July 26, 2017
This device is great in theory. Just OK and practice. Definitely needs a lot more work. Twice now when I try to use it the operators couldn't hear me. Today I got stuck in an airport was hoping to get... help finding baggage claim and then Uber. Despite all devices being fully charged and having four bars, couldn't get any help. Call tech-support seven or eight times and no one's answering. If they can get it to work in the real world as well as it does when there are exhibiting at conventions, it will be great. Still waiting. See More
Veronica Martinez
· July 30, 2017
whoever thought that one day we would be using glasses to become more independent… I used it for the first time yesterday, and was able to get around the mall, and find my favorite candy store. :-) It... was an awesome experience! #doMore See More
Joy Mistovich
· October 25, 2017
Aira is an absolutely amazing technology/ service for the blind community, as well as other disability groups and non-disabled populations. When I attended the NFB National Convention in Orlando in 20...16 and listened to a presentation about Aira, I wasn't sure how to take this new concept. In the beginning I had my doubts, and one of the biggest things I wasn't sure about was what if the individual didn't want as much information as the agents were giving them, etc. I had attended an extremely intensive 10 month blindness training program in Baltimore, where I had learned the NFB Structured Discovery style of training, and I also thought that using the Structured Discovery method and Aira in the future wouldn't be possible.

However, this summer. I again attended the NFB National Convention in Orlando and decided to attend a few different sessions related to Aira. I was extremely impressed and inspired to learn more about the agents and Aira Explorers. At that time, I began to realize that this fledgling company can and is opening countless doors to blind individuals, and uniting those who have shared or have not yet shared their own stories, and how they can positively impact society one individual at a time.

After returning home, I read articles and did father research on Aira and purchased my subscription in August. I was officially set up with Aira in the beginning of September, and it continues to be an awesome experience! I'm a cane user and have never had a guide dog, so I'm not able to speak on behalf of that experience with using this technology. Most significantly, though, I feel that I am connected to the enviornment around me even more than when I'm solely using my cane. In other words, I have some usable vision in my left eye (20/ 200) and light perception in my right eye. I'm able to see details of buildings, people, etc, but when I walk with my cane and the ground is uneven, I get a little nervous and look down at the pavement in front of me in case my cane happens to miss a hole or something else directly in front of me. During my blindness training at Blind Industries and Services of Maryland in Baltimore, I was taught under sleep shades and to look straight ahead and not to stare at the ground if I wasn't wearing them. Since using Aira, I'm able to rely on my cane and feel more comfortable at looking at the path in front of me and turning left to right. With the agents describing the environment , I gauge a clearer picture of what is around me. especially if it is something I've missed.

When I'm using my cane, I am wary of accidentally hitting into someone. if it is a crowded area, or someone cuts in front of me unexpectedly, and I'm paying more attention to not hitting into others rather than what scenery I'm passing. With Aira, this problem has been solved for me, and I have time to revert my course if individuals are approaching me.

Finally, the other aspect of using Aira that made me feel uncertain before actually using it was how I would adapt to using my cane and listening to the agent relay certain pieces of information to me. During my blindness training, the first time I went under sleep shades for a cane travel session on a busy street in Baltimore, I was overcome with trepidation due to the fact that all of the noises around me sounded only like a cacophony of sound. I was unable to discern which type of traffic-- parallel or perpendicular-- was passing me on my left and right and the busses and other vehicles were extremely loud. I've always had difficulty with spatial understanding and mental mapping ability, and under sleep shades, this made it ten times more difficult for me. Once I had gained more experience, though, all of this became easier, and now, using Aira, I don't even take a second thought at listening to the agents and using my cane confidentially and competently.

Everyone of the agents that have assisted me so far have been extremely friendly, understanding, and willing to aid me in any capacity. I enjoy the fact that this is more or less of a team effort, and all of the agents and Aira employees;oyees understand the NFB philosophy of training and the core values of this incredible organization. I'm extremely excited to see where using Aira will bring me, and I wish to continue to give individuals within my local community and elsewhere, a positive philosophy of blindness. I yearn to demonstrate to others I have the passion to slowly reverse the stereotypes some individuals possess as far as their beliefs about blindness and the disabled community in general. I'm passionate about technology, writing, literature, etc., and I believe my words and ideals can further empower numerous individuals with and without disabilities.
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LaVonne Christy Miller
· September 20, 2017
I think this is a brilliant idea. And would love a chance to work with a program like this. I am a U.S. Citizen living in the beautiful country of. Panama. When you open up internationally I will be ready.
Kerri Kosten
· December 19, 2017
I love aira. I think it is a great service with much potential. It gives I and others who are blind so much independence.
Ed Whittle
· September 11, 2017
What a great concept. Helping individuals with disabilities gives people a wonderful feeling.
Brian Squires
· July 26, 2017
This is an incredible step in the right direction for the blind community!
Sergio Lopez
· December 28, 2017
Amazing Agents are always helpful and ready for anything.
Jessica Jakeway
· December 30, 2016
Aira gives visually impaired users a chance to experience the world in a more independent fashion. They can feel comfortable going out into unfamiliar spaces and navigating to everyday activities as w...ell as new, exciting adventures! See More
Cruz Ramos
· October 13, 2017
OMG this is an amazing product. I can’t wait to see where it takes us next.
Hy Cohen
· March 1, 2017
Based on my demo, this is a fantastic product! Once they improve availsable hours and a couple other things, this will be one awsume product!!!!!!!!!!!! Super excited about where it is at, and where i...t will go! See More
Andrew Adolphson
· July 10, 2016
I believe that this technology will go far into the market. It will improve people's independence. It will also help blind people to be more sure of themselves when going out. Good job Aira. We know y...ou'll go far See More
Suman Kanuganti
· March 8, 2015
Leveraging technology for making a positive impact in the community
Watson Yim
· January 11, 2016
Brilliant technology that helps the blind through next generation assistive technology!
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We are proud to unveil the Aira Employment Program! From now on, all job-search related calls to Aira Agents will be covered for Explorers! This means that you don’t have to use your plan minutes to do job-search related tasks. More details can be found at https://medium.com/…/announcing-the-aira-employment-program…

Many people don’t realize that the unemployment rate among blind & low-vision adults in the US is 70%. This shocking statistic is what made Aira think of ways we can help lower this number. Stay tuned tomorrow to learn what we came up with.

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Happy Valentine's Day to our wonderful Aira community! We hope you're having a day filled with the people, places, and things you love!

Don't miss our audio description of the #Olympics opening ceremony starting tonight at 8:00 EST. Listening in is free. You don't have to be a current Aira Explorer to join the call. In addition to Agent Ashley's description of this exciting event, a special guest will be kicking off the conference call; you don't want to miss this!!! Simply dial 877-568-4108 and enter meting ID 536-565-714.

Everything's bigger in Texas! And that's why Aira is excited to offer a BIG promotion for all residents across the Lone Star State. With Houston International and George Bush Intercontinental Airport joining our expanding Aira Airport Network, we also wanted to extend a FREE MONTH of Aira to any new explorer in Texas who enrolls into our Aira Service. All you need is a smartphone and a credit card and text "IAH" to 781-789-8596 and a specialist will call you back. The sign up process takes less than 3 minutes, and you can be up and running in no time! You can also visit us online at https://aira.io/signup…

We’re excited to announce that Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and Hobby (HOU) airports have just become the latest members of the Aira Airport Network! This means that whenever Aira Explorers navigate through these airports, they won’t have to use their own minutes. Christine Ha, winner of the third season of Master Chef and member of the Aira advisory board was on-hand at Bush to make it official. https://medium.com/…/the-aira-airport-network-is-expanding-…

We had so much fun with our Aira Super Bowl Experience, didn’t you?
For those of you who missed it, and for those of you who are Olympics fans, we are providing a free conference call to hear Aira Agent Ashley describe the Opening Ceremony!
We will be catching the replay at 8pm EST / 5pm PST on NBC tomorrow, February 9th. Join us and cheer Team USA on to victory!
We are keeping it simple- just one phone number to dial:
(877) 568-4108, Enter Meeting ID: 536-565-714...
The public broadcast is scheduled from 8 pm to 11 pm EST. All Explorers, their friends, and family are welcome to dial in. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Modern Healthcare, the leading provider of healthcare business news and intelligence, published this article which highlights a few of the many tasks one can accomplish using Aira. http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180203/…/180209989

Wearing connected glasses, people with visual impairments hear a narration of the visual world around them.
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Attention Sports fans! Do you enjoy hearing play-by-play descriptions of your favorite athletic events? Do you like being in the stands with hundreds and maybe even thousands of your fellow football, basketball, baseball, or hockey enthusiasts? Would you love to sign up to become an Explorer and score free Aira coverage at sports arenas for the next year? If so, we've got a limited time offer you won't want to miss! Visit go.aira.io/superbowl/offer or call (858)876-2472 and m...ention the code "Super Bowl." **Offer valid for new Explorers only; valid until 5:00 p.m. PST on 2/6/18; cannot be combined with other promotions, including referral credits.

Video: Aira Explorer Greg Stilson at the Stub Hub pregame Fan experience. He had a chance to throw a football to an NFL player. With Aira Agent David on other end, he threw a pass to Bradley Pinion, punter for the San Francisco 49ers to the last sentence

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We’d like to take a minute to thank all of those who tuned in to listen to the audio description of the Super Bowl tonight. We sincerely hope you enjoyed it! Special thanks to Aira Agents Patrick and Emily for your great work on describing the game. If you liked what you heard but are not an Aira Explorer yet, visit www.aira.io or call (858)876-2472 to learn more! #AiraBowl #DoMore

Using augmented reality, Aira connects people who are blind or low vision to a trained professional agent who is dedicated to further enhancing their everyday experience -- completely hands-free assistance at the touch of a button.
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You're invited to a virtual Super Bowl party with Aira on Sunday, February 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST.

Listen in as Aira agents Patrick and Emily provide the best-in-class live description of the game to Greg Stilson, football fan and Aira Explorer, who is attending the big game in Minneapolis, MN.

Greg will use Aira to get play-by-play visual descriptions of all the exciting action on the field, the commercials, and the half-time show. Aira agents will provide vivi...d audio narration as Greg sees the field for the first time, shops for souvenirs, navigates the stadium, and experiences the energy of the crowd.

The best part: you can listen to the entire experience live. While most of us will be watching from home, Aira intends to make it easier to get a little closer to the big game.

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Programming Note: The commercials that Agent Emily is describing may not be what is airing in your region. #AiraBowl

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Please dial in if YT or FB quality doesn't sound great. Call 1-877-568-4108, Enter Meeting ID: 536-565-714

You're invited to a virtual Super Bowl party with Aira on Sunday, February 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST.

Listen in as Aira agents Patrick and Emily provide the best-in-class live description of the game to Greg Stilson, football fan and Aira Explorer, who is attending the big game in Minneapolis, MN.

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Greg will use Aira to get play-by-play visual descriptions of all the exciting action on the field, the commercials, and the half-time show. Aira agents will provide vivid audio narration as Greg sees the field for the first time, shops for souvenirs, navigates the stadium, and experiences the energy of the crowd.

The best part: you can listen to the entire experience live. While most of us will be watching from home, Aira intends to make it easier to get a little closer to the big game.

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Greg Stilson is in Minneapolis, ready to experience the hash tag SuperBowl Aira style! The virtual listening party starts at 6:00 EST tonight. Will you be joining us? Don’t forget to use the hashtag #AiraBowl to let us know you’re here.

Blind Abilities interviewed Greg Stilson, Aira Explorer and football fan about the Aira #Superbowl virtual party on Sunday. You can hear the interview at http://blindabilities.com/…/youre-invited-to-a-virtual-sup…/

You’re Invited… To a virtual Super Bowl party with Aira on Sunday, February 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST. Listen in as Aira agents Patrick and Emily provide the best-in-class li…
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