Great leaps in artificial intelligence and augmented reality have proven to be disruptive in many corners of our lives. For some of us, they’ve been life-changing. Founded by Yuja Chang WG18 and Suman Kanuganti, Aira is harnessing AI and AR to assist blind or low-vision people with tasks they might not be able to do otherwise.

The elevator pitch: Subscribers connect with Aira agents when they need help navigating their surroundings. Using visuals and data sent by customers from phones and Aira’s smartglasses, the agents offer real-time assistance for tasks that range from catching flights to applying for jobs. For challenges like reading, there’s also Aira’s AI agent, Chloe, who helps users directly via their phones.

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