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.

Aira is a service developed to give the blind instant access to information using a smart phone, a video camera, and a remote sighted agent.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Erich Manser, a blind distance runner and triathlete, and Jess Jakeway, a sighted distance runner who served as Erich’s remote guide using Aira at the 2017 Boston Marathon.

AFB's VisionAware announces Aira (pronounced EYE-rah), an accessible technology that matches a blind person with a trained, sighted agent that provides real-time descriptions of surroundings, buildings, people, even reading menu items and assisting in independent travel.

It combines wearable smart glasses with an embedded video camera paired with a smartphone, a portable WiFi hotspot, and connects the wearer with a network of live certified agents who describe the environment around the blind person.