Google Glass may have been a flop with consumers, but the device -- and others like it -- has taken on a new role, helping the blind to negotiate the everyday world, the Kansas City Star reports.
The glasses do not restore the wearer's sight. Instead, a phone app connects the wearer to a live person, called as an “agent,” somewhere in the United States. The agent can see through the glasses what the visually impaired user cannot. The agent and the user communicate through the phone and an earbud.
Aira (pronounced “Ira”), based in San Diego, started enrolling customers last year. Aira subscribers receive both the glasses and a certain number of minutes they can have with agents, ranging from 100 minutes each month to an unlimited number. They pay from $89 per month to $329 per month.
“We’ve had users go hiking on trails, finding their paper in the morning. You name it, we’ll do it,” Amy Bernal, Aira’s vice president for customer experience, told the Star.
One visually impaired runner used Aira’s technology to run the Boston Marathon.
Read the full story: