Aira Launched @ Vision Walk, San Diego

October 19th, 2014

Jalil guided by an Aira agent on the line with him during Vision Walk

Jalil guided by an Aira agent on the line with him during Vision Walk

Exciting news! We officially launched Aira on Saturday, October 18th at the 7th annual Vision Walk, San Diego, benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

We are were proud to have had the opportunity to participate in the walk and to introduce our product, Aira, a dynamic new technological service to assist blind and low-vision individuals.
The event was held at the scenic Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego where we had a booth set up to meet and greet attendees and share our product.

We put together a short video after the event just for you:

San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, with the Aira team and our amazing volunteers at out booth.

San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, with the Aira team and our amazing volunteers at out booth.

The mayor of San Diego was there to kick-off the event where he spent a lot of time at our booth talking to various members of our team. We shared details about our product and its potential to improve quality of life for the visually impaired.

More specifically, Aira serves as a visual interpreter and navigator for its users. In doing so, the product provides the visually impaired with personalized assistance from a network of trained certified agents, plus family, friends, and volunteers. Aira agents use a real-time interactive cloud-based dashboard purpose-built to process live data streams from cameras, GPS, and other sensor systems from wearable platforms such as Google Glass and Vuzix.

At Vision Walk there were also members of the media present to cover the event, and we got to share our product with them as well.

Aira team with Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Aira team with Mayor Kevin Faulconer

America’s ¨Finest City¨ was surprisingly overcast that morning and teased us with a couple of minutes of light rain. But that soon cleared up and we were all ready to do the walk, especially Jalil, our friend from the visually impaired community who has been enthusiastically involved with helping us test the Aira product. It was his first time attending Vision Walk or any walk of this kind and he successfully completed it with the help of Aira. Jalil loves to walk but does not get enough opportunities to do so due to his dependence on others being there to help him. But when you have Aira, help is just a few taps away. DJ was our trained agent assisting him during the walk, and together they walked a little less than 3 miles. Jalil enjoyed the walk and as can see from the photos below, he interacted with fellow walkers with ease, while cheerleading teams rallied for him at every turn.

Jalil guided by an Aira agent on the line with him during Vision Walk

Jalil guided by an Aira agent on the line with him during Vision Walk

Jalil with our Aira team after finishing his ~3mi walk.

Jalil with our Aira team after finishing his ~3mi walk.

The Aira team raised over $500 to help researchers find a cure for blindness. We’d like to thank the Foundation Fighting Blindness for hosting the event and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer for appreciating out work and supporting a great cause. We thank Jalil for participating in Vision Walk and helping us with our launch of Aira.

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