Aira (pr. EYE-rah)

Our name is derived from two interesting sources: the emerging field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the ancient Egyptian mythological being and symbol known as the Eye of Ra (RA). Steeped in the mysteries of Egyptian mythology, the Eye of Ra has symbolized protection, healing and the power to perceive and interpret both the seen and unseen in the universe.

How we started

The seeds for starting Aira were planted in 2014 when Suman Kanuganti and Yuja Chang struck up a friendship with a blind communications professional Matt Brock. This led them to begin discussing how Google Glass technology could be used to help the blind and visually impaired become more mobile and independent. Using this concept, Kanuganti and Chang were inspired to create a service akin to "OnStar" for the blind.

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 that allows agents to see what the blind person sees in real time. Agents, serving as visual interpreters for the blind, help users accomplish a wide range of daily tasks and activities - from navigating busy streets to recognizing faces and literally traveling the world.

Investors

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Team

Amy

Director of Agent Program

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Austin

CPO

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Emily

Aira Agent

Erin

Agent Analyst

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Jeremy

Software Engineer

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Kevin Phelan

VP of Communications

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Juan

Software Engineer

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Ryan

Software Engineer

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Saya

UI Designer

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Scott

Executive Chairman
Investor

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Sujeeth

Co-founder
CTO

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Suman

Co-founder
CEO

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Troy

COO

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Watson

Co-founder
Sr. Software Engineer

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