[Nfbnet-members-list] Our next Aira announcement

Michael Hingson michael.hingson at aira.io
Sun Oct 22 22:23:35 UTC 2017


Over the past few weeks I have conducted 
conference calls about Aira, the visual 
interpreter for the blind. The response has been 
tremendous and I thank all of you who have 
participated. Many of you have written with 
questions as well as asking when I will be 
holding another call. Most input I have received 
suggests that Wednesday is the best day in the 
week for the call. If you have other thoughts, 
please let me know by emailing me at 
<mailto:michael.hingson at aira.io>michael.hingson at aira.io. 
Meantime, I have scheduled another call for 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, to introduce you to 
Aira as well as answer questions previous 
weeks’ callers have thought to ask.

Perhaps you have heard of Aira or perhaps you 
have not yet heard of this incredible product. We 
call Aira “a visual interpreter for blind and 
low vision persons”. With Aira anyone can 
accomplish tasks usually inaccessible to blind 
people because they require significant eye sight 
to perform them, more eye sight than we have ourselves.

So, what is Aira exactly? Aira is a product 
consisting of smart glasses with a tiny 
high-resolution video camera, an app on a 
smartphone, and a specially trained agent who 
describes the images seen by the glasses’ 
camera. To use Aira a blind person contacts Aira 
through the Aira app. When a request is made an 
agent is called by the smartphone while at the 
same time a video internet connection is 
established between the agent and the glasses. 
When the agent answers the call from the user, 
not only does the agent see what the camera 
transmits, but they also receive gps and Google 
map data showing where the user is and what is geographically around them.

Agents are specifically hired because they have 
an aptitude for describing and providing 
information as required. They go through special 
training and a rigorous battery of tests before 
they are permitted to accept calls and go to 
work. Aira agents do not help, but rather they 
provide information. If, for example, you use 
Aira while walking and you approach a street 
corner the Aira agent will not tell you when it 
is safe to cross the street. The agent can 
indicate it they see cars coming and they can 
tell you when the traffic light turns green for 
you. Aira does not replace canes, guide dogs or 
your travel skills. Instead, Aira enhances your 
toolbox of information gathering techniques.

People have used Aira to go shopping, travel 
through airports and malls, better perform 
household tasks such as identifying and preparing 
meals, putting on makeup, visiting places such as 
amusement parks and Arlington cemetery, 
assembling items and even running in the Boston 
Marathon. Aira is limited in what it can do only by your imagination.

If you want to learn more about Aira you are 
invited to attend the teleconference call on 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 2PM Hawaiian time, 
5PM Pacific time, 6PM Mountain time, 7PM Central 
time, and 8PM Eastern time. If you are wondering 
why I list all times it is because I want to 
point out that Aira is available to everyone 
throughout the United States. Oh yes, this does 
include Alaska which means some may be calling in 
at 9PM. To attend all you need to do is to dial 
in with the phone number (605) 468-8004, and 
enter the access code 329906# when the call is 
answered. During the call, you will learn all you 
wish to know about Aira. We shall be conducting a 
live demonstration with an Aira agent assisting 
me, or at least describing to you what I am doing 
as well as helping me answer your questions.

Should you have questions you wish to ask me 
before the call please feel free to contact me 
directly at 
<mailto:michael.hingson at aira.io>michael.hingson at aira.io 
and I will do my best to provide a timely 
response or ask that you attend the call, so I 
can give everyone the same answer. I hope to see 
you next Wednesday and I look forward to you 
joining the Aira family. Below my signature are 
some links you can click on to learn more about Aira. Thank you for your time.

By the way, if you are not currently an Aira user 
be sure to dial in to receive a special offer. 
Anyone who calls into the call and who signs up 
that evening will automatically receive their 
second month of Aira service free.

I look forward to talking with you on Wednesday.

Best regards

Michael Hingson
Director of Strategic Sales

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