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Start-up Aira raises $12M, showing the way for cognitive science and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the lives of blind and low vision individuals

Aira Rais­es $12M Series B Financ­ing Led By JAZZ Ven­ture Part­ners And Arbore­tum Ven­tures (press release):

Aira’s ser­vice, which recent­ly con­clud­ed its beta-test­ing phase, is now avail­able to new users in the Unit­ed States. The tech­nol­o­gy solu­tion com­bines smart glass­es, ded­i­cat­ed band­width from Aira part­ner AT&T, and AI-enabled remote human agents to help blind and low vision indi­vid­u­als imme­di­ate­ly access key infor­ma­tion that they need about their envi­ron­ment. This tech­nol­o­gy enables greater inde­pen­dence and auton­o­my by facil­i­tat­ing every­day tasks such as shop­ping at local retail­ers, nav­i­gat­ing pub­lic trans­porta­tion or review­ing menus or ser­vice offer­ings, which often require a sight­ed assis­tant. The remote Aira agents go through exten­sive pro­fes­sion­al train­ing and are assist­ed by an AI-pow­ered dash­board that con­tin­u­ous­ly learns user pref­er­ences to best serve the end user…

We are pleased that we can fur­ther fuel the tremen­dous momen­tum that Aira has achieved with its ground-break­ing resource for the blind and low vision,” said John Har­ris, Gen­er­al Part­ner, JAZZ Ven­ture Part­ners. “Aira per­fect­ly exem­pli­fies our invest­ment focus to part­ner with com­pa­nies lever­ag­ing AI and cog­ni­tive sci­ence to extend the bound­aries of human per­for­mance and opti­mize how we live, learn, work, and expe­ri­ence the world.”

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