Marathon runner Erich Manser competed in his eighth Boston Marathon this year, but with each passing year he’s able to see less and less of the actual event. Manser has a degenerative eye disease that has caused him to slowly go blind since he was a child. It makes the prospect of running through crowded streets even more of a challenge than it already is, but this year Manser had a bit of high-tech help to guide him. It’s a visual interpretation service called Aira and the app, in partnership with AT&T, were able to give the nearly blind marathoner real-time guidance as he cruised to the finish line.
The Aira platform utilizes both a smartphone app and wearables to provide live support for those with vision problems. A pair of smart glasses — Google Glass is one of the options, along with Vuzix — work hand-in-hand with the wearer’s smartphone to …
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