BlindShell Partners with Aira to Debut Aira App on Award-Winning BlindShell Classic 2

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Bari Azman, President and CEO

(833) 972-2020


BlindShell Partners with Aira to Debut Aira App on Award-Winning BlindShell Classic 2
Mobile Phonefor the Visually Impaired, Enabling
On-Demand Access to Visual Information

Celebrating the partnership with Aira, BlindShell USA is offering throughout July 2022
three months of free Aira service for BlindShell Classic 2 owners. 

AVENTURA, Fla. – July 5th, 2022: BlindShell and Aira announce the integration of the Aira app for live, on-demand visual interpreting with the BlindShell Classic 2 accessible cell phone, which combines a tactile keypad, voice control, and a high-volume speaker for flexibility and ease in operation, eliminating the barriers to communication found in traditional cell phones with touchscreen navigation. The Aira app connects those with vision loss to professionally trained visual interpreters, called Agents, who read documents, assist with navigation, access computers remotely, and provide any other visual information needed to accomplish a task. 

Unlike less effective phone platforms that involve either a tactile keypad and no camera, or a touchscreen keypad and a camera, BlindShell provides the benefit for the visually impaired of a tactile keypad with a camera that is needed to use Aira’s visual interpreting service. Those with low vision or blindness can download the Aira app from the BlindShell App Catalog onto their BlindShell Classic 2 and create an account with their personal preferences. They can try the service as a guest at no charge for up to five minutes per day, subject to change. Subscriptions range in price to suit all tastes, and Aira’s customer care representatives are available to discuss options. In addition, many businesses, retailers, restaurants, grocers, banks, airports, transit systems, museums, universities, and employers provide Aira as an accommodation at no charge for employees, students, customers, visitors, and travelers (complete list at

In the US, the BlindShell Classic 2 phone is available online through for a retail price of $489.00 and also distributed through physical channels listed here. BlindShell USA is celebrating throughout July 2022 the arrival of the Aira app by offering three months’ free Aira service for BlindShell Classic 2 owners.

“The ongoing collaboration between BlindShell and Aira is a huge win for the sight-loss community and a great example of our commitment to help drive improvements and extend functionality in our product line,” said Jan Šimík, CEO of BlindShell in Prague. “As our collaboration continues, I look forward to adding more functionalities in future releases.”

“The partnership of Aira and BlindShell advances the mission we undertook from the beginning—to remove barriers and make the world more accessible through visual interpreting,” said Troy Otillio, CEO of Aira. “Our collaboration is dedicated to helping more people live, work, learn, and enjoy their lives more fully by giving them access to the visual information they need and deserve.” 

“Bringing the Aira app for live, on-demand visual interpreting to the BlindShell Classic 2 transforms this accessible smartphone for the visually impaired into the most powerful real-time accommodation, productivity, and communication tool that fits in your pocket,” said Bari Azman, president and CEO of BlindShell USA. “The marriage of these two incredible technologies is a game changer for the low vision market in North America.”

About Aira
Aira’s mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible through visual interpreting with live, on-demand access to visual information. Aira is a human-to-human professional assistance service enabled through a mobile phone app that enhances independence by delivering on-demand, skilled, and reliable visual interpreting for just about any task. Aira was purpose-built for those who desire visual information about their surroundings, and our community consists largely of people who are blind or have low vision. To learn more, visit, email, and, in North America, call 800-835-1934 daily between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm Pacific time or text 858-242-4457.

About BlindShell USA
BlindShell USA markets, distributes, and supports the BlindShell family of accessible cell phones in the US. Our trained professionals help individuals explore and harness the power of the BlindShell Classic product line to gain productivity and live a full life. We nurture and engage with the sight-loss community through events, videos, demos, webinars, sponsorships, and social media. Our broad outreach and extensive retail experience in the North American low vision market enable us to collaborate with academia, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits to serve those who are blind or living with low vision at every stage of their sight-loss journey. Learn more at or reach out to For B2B opportunities, please contact