Smithsonian technology helps to improve experience for people with visual impairments

GW Hatchet

20th March 2019

Smithsonian technology helps to improve experience for people with visual impairments
by Anna Boone

For visitors with visual impairments, exploring one of the many museums around the District can be challenging. But a new technology in some Smithsonian museums will make their visits more comfortable.

The Smithsonian Institution began a partnership with Aira Tech Corporation, a technology service that aids the blind and low vision community, last week, museum officials said last week. The new app allows users to call trained agents who can see a visual feed of the museum through the user’s smartphone and describe the exhibitions.

While Aira typically requires a subscription, the Smithsonian has partnered with the technology company to create free access zones where users can download the app without paying.

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