Idan Meir, Co-Founder, and CEO, RightHear

Idan Meir, Co-Founder, and CEO, RightHear

  • Idan Meir is the Co-Founder, and CEO, RightHear which is an innovative startup that turns public spaces into accessible environments for people with special orientation challenges including people who are blind or visually impaired.

 

Podcast

Overview

00:33- About Idan Meir

  • Idan Meir is the Co-Founder, and CEO, RightHear which is an innovative startup that turns public spaces into accessible environments for people with special orientation challenges including people who are blind or visually impaired.

01:04- About RightHear

  • RightHear is an advanced accessibility solution that uses our unique three-component technology to help grant blind and visually impaired individuals the independence they deserve by providing them with tools to better orient themselves in public spaces.
  • Our vision of making the world more accessible to all individuals is closer than ever before, with nearly 3,000 accessible spots in over 600 venues (and counting) across the globe.
  • Some of our partners include The Azrieli Group, Chicago French Market, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, McDonald’s Israel, Shufersal Supermarket Company, and Tel Aviv University.
  • RightHear is a free app available for its users on both iOS and Android.

04:28- What are some orientation challenges visually impaired people face?

  • Most people who are blind or visually impaired remember by heart about four to five locations.
  • The system of today basically has three main components:
  1. The app
  2. Beacons-Beacons are basically small Bluetooth devices in the size of an AirPods case.
  3. Online cloud dashboard which allows the facility manager and us to control and edit all the audio descriptions that our users are hearing through the app.

13:22- How easy is RightHear to use by people across age groups?

  • When we think about accessibility and inclusive design or universal design, it has to be easy to use and effective for everyone.
  • It’s obviously a challenge from the design and development perspective, but it’s a challenge we’re happy to take.
  • We put a lot of effort to make it as simple as possible.

21:58- Three lessons

  • Try to ignore bad voices.
  • Surround yourself with good people.
  • Do not be afraid of taking risks.

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You can connect with Idan Meir- LinkedIn

Profile

Idan Meir is the Co-founder and CEO of RightHear, an innovative startup that turns public spaces into accessible environments for people with spatial orientation challenges, including people who are blind or visually impaired.

Previously to RightHear, Idan founded Hubanana is one of Israel’s leading tech hubs for startups and entrepreneurs. Idan holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business from The Open University of Israel.

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