Aira.IO Finds Seed Funding To Assist The Blind Using Google Glass

La Jolla-based Aira.IO, a developer of software tools which use Google Glass to help the blind and low-vision individuals, has raised $790,000 in a seed funding round, the company said this morning. The funding came from Lux Capital and ARCH Venture Partners,a long with futurist Ray Kurzweil and blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayor. Aira.IO develops software which runs on Google Glass, and providing additional information to blind or sight impaired individuals, including navigation hints, identifying canned goods in the kitchen, helping with shopping at the supermarket, and many other tasks. Aira.IO says that it has been testing its service initially with around 100 blind and low vision users. The company says it hopes to make its technology available to the general public in mid 2016. Aira.IO is led by Suman Kanuganti, who co-founded the company with Yuja Chang. More information »