TypeAhead AI: Is This The Future Of Accessibility

Jeff Hara

In this interview broadcast on Double Tap, hosts Steven Scott and Shaun Preece interviewed Jeff Hara, the founder of TypeAhead AI, an AI-powered screen reader for the blind and visually impaired.

Jeff discussed the genesis of his idea, called TypeAhead AI, which stemmed from his interest in the intersection of AI and accessibility, especially after the acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk, after which he felt the need to rethink his own career at the social media company.

He described how the product is designed to make interactions with computers easier for blind and visually impaired people, using natural language commands instead of having to rely on keyboard shortcuts. He shared his experience of visiting a blind community center in Seattle, where he realized the need for a more innovative approach to accessibility and the excitement surrounding the product idea.

The discussion delved into the challenges faced by blind people when using technology, the limitations of current screen readers, and the potential for AI to revolutionize accessibility. Jeff detailed the features of TypeAhead AI, including its ability to describe the elements of a website, the support for natural language commands, and the potential impact on employment rates among the blind.

He explained the different pricing tiers for the product, with a free version using GPT-3 and a premium version using GPT-4, and his plans to target government agencies, schools for the blind, and universities as potential partners.

The conversation also touched on the future of AI and its role in making technology more accessible and easier to use for everyone.