After beta testing technology that provides remote assistant services for the blind, San Diego-based Aira has raised $12 million in a Series B round that it says will enable the company to expand its service to thousands of visually impaired users this year.
Aira takes advantage of the gig economy by connecting online independent contractors (via dedicated wireless bandwidth provided by AT&T) to guide low-vision users equipped with a modified version of Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear. Like an air traffic controller, Aira agents talk to users through a speaker in the eyewear to guide them through their surroundings, read menus, shop, and provide other real-time assistance.
This release uses the same version of Eloquence as the previous one (6.1.123). The TTS installation files for Eloquence have only been updated to mark them as supporting 5th Edition, and the user dictionary for US English has been extended. Continue reading →
When I am contacted by meeting planners, corporations, and members of Associations about speaking at their events I am most often asked if I can speak about teamwork and team building.As a keynote speaker I can tell you that this is indeed a subject which seems to be on the minds of company executives, workers, and to some degree most of us.We all seem to value highly the idea of working together.During companywide and executive retreats often times there will be some sort of “team building exercise.”Management constantly talks to staff about “the Team.” Many books have been written on the subject. Continue reading →