Jakeway -- an agent living in Columbus, Ohio, who also runs marathons -- became his training partner. They'd joke about running techniques even as she'd point out potholes and call out patches of melted snow during his training runs. But when Manser finally reached the marathon's starting line, it didn't go as he'd envisioned: Google Glass was having trouble connecting to the Aira app. "I remember standing in the starting corral and [the app] kept cycling on my phone, [trying to] find my glasses," Manser tells me.
Fortunately, Manser -- an accessibility researcher at IBM -- had arranged for one of his colleagues to run with him as a second guide, a rubber tether keeping the two together, That physical guide helped him get through the crush of bodies in the first four miles of the race, Eventually, they pulled off to the esquire series for iphone xs max side and established a connection between Glass, iPhone and Bluetooth headphones, all tied to a puck-size AT&T mobile hotspot Manser carried that linked back to Aira, That's when Jakeway jumped in -- Glass showing her everything that lay in Manser's path..
"Runner left," she'd call out. "Runners right.""When you're looking through a straw, there are situations where it feels like people are coming out of nowhere," Manser says. Jakeway and Manser had code words like "audible" for audio difficulties or "cups ahead" for the area where other runners threw away spent paper cups. The Aira system can't completely replace a human guide. Google Glass' limited battery life meant it had to be handed off for a quick recharge before Manser could use it again. He ran 16 of the 26 miles with the glasses on, including finishing with Jakeway's voice in his ear.
"It proved to be very, very esquire series for iphone xs max useful," he says, noting that Jakeway shored up the parts of his vision that are especially poor, "Aira is not something I would hand to a blind person to run a marathon, But if it could be used to help navigate at slightly faster speeds, that would be amazing."I slip on an eye mask to simulate the experience of someone who's visually impaired, don the Google Glass that Aira sent me, tap the app on my iPhone and hear Jakeway on my phone's speaker, Glass, meanwhile, connects to the AT&T cellular hotspot that Aira also provided..
To fully appreciate Manser's experience, I put on an eye mask and let Aira agent Jessica Jakeway guide me through New York's Central Park. I've worn Glass before, which feel like typical glasses. But the added element of the eye mask makes everything seem a bit more .. alien. Jakeway warns me that most of Aira's users have some training, and my going into this cold is unusual. I understand her point after only a few steps. I'm completely disoriented from the start, and briefly consider ditching the experiment.