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Wegmans becomes first grocery store in the US to be accessible via Aira

Aug 31, 2018

Blind woman shopping at Wegmans

Rochester-based grocery giant Wegmans becomes the first supermarket in the United States to become accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired using the Aira mobile app for smart phones.  Long known for its commitment to customer service and accessibility for all, Aira is pleased to announce that Wegmans Food Markets is the first Aira-enabled supermarket chain in the United States, according to a report from the American Council of the Blind.

“I’m excited to have Wegmans as our first partner in the Aira Supermarket Network,” said Suman Kanuganti, Founder and CEO of Aira. “Their commitment to ensuring all customers have the same great Wegmans shopping experience is inspiring and I’m proud to call them a partner.”

Aira, powered by AT&T, is a San Diego-based startup that makes use of wearable technology, artificial intelligence, and live, human assistance to deliver real-time visual description for people who are blind or have low vision. Using a smartphone or a pair of smart glasses, an Aira “Explorer” can connect to a remote, trained professional who can provide assistance on-demand using a live camera stream, GPS, maps, and information sourced from the web.  Read Aira's announcement about Wegmans.

Watch a video tour of Aira at work in Wegmans.