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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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