New App Help The Blind See What's Around Them

The new app called AIRA allows the blind to walk around with a virtual personal assistant.

A man wearing smart glasses

A man wearing smart glasses.

January 23, 2018

WATERTOWN, MA (WBZ-AM) -- Students and staff at the Perkins School for The Blind have a new tool to help them navigate their way around. 

The new app called AIRA allows the blind to walk around with a virtual personal assistant.

With the use of special glasses with a camera or the tap of a smartphone Kim Charlson can talk to an AIRA agent like Ashley to guide her.

Kim lost her vision at age 11, She's now the executive director of the Library at the Perkins School For The Blind and was the first persons to test the new technology on campus.

"It's like having a sighted person in your pocket. Just waiting for you to ask a question. With Aira, its always a good time to talk, they always have time for me," Charlston said.

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