Co-Founder and CEO at Aira.IO San Diego, California
Aira.IO – Visual Interpreter for the Blind
Aira.IO, based in San Diego, is an emerging firm focused on developing technology and services that allow blind and low-vision individuals greater independence in performing a myriad of daily activities – ranging from navigating city streets and using a menu to order meals at restaurants, to recognizing faces in a crowd. In doing so, Aira provides personalized assistance from a network of certified Agents, plus family and friends. Aira agents use a real-time interactive cloud-based dashboard purpose-built to process live data streams from cameras, GPS, and other sensor systems from wearable platforms such as Google Glass and Vuzix. Aira’s platform uses an “Uber” style intelligent routing algorithm for connecting a vast crowdsource of agents to users for immediate assistance based on user preferences and agent schedules.
Suman Kanuganti is Co-Founder & CEO of Aira.IO, an emerging high-tech company based in San Diego, CA that is focused on developing technology and services that bring greater mobility and independence into the lives of the blind and visually impaired. With a passion and penchant for startups, and for finding creative solutions to traditional problems that impact the lives of everyday people, Kanuganti has also leveraged his expertise and leadership at such firms as Intuit, Qualcomm, and Caterpillar. Kanuganti’s career as an innovator in the world of technology and business spans more than a decade, during which time he has been awarded 5 patents (as inventor or co-inventor) in interactive computer devices. He received his MBA in Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies from the UC San Diego Rady School of Management; his Master’s in Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Kakatiya University, India.