Rowing Towards Inclusivity: British Rowing's Jacqui Traynor Shares Her XRAI Glass Experience
We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Jacqui Traynor, Head of Safeguarding and Integrity for British Rowing, to discuss her experience using XRAI Glass.
Would you mind telling us a little about your deafness?
How was your experience of using XRAI Glass today?
It was really exciting to see how technology is improving in such a dynamic way. I've spent the last ten years being aware of new innovations in the early stages of conception, struggling through the little hearing I had, and saying to my family, better accessible technology is not far off, any day now. Today felt very much like I had arrived at that point, and if I were able to speak to my younger self, I would be able to say you were right - it's just around the corner, hang in there!
How do you think you'll use XRAI Glass to assist you in everyday life?
I regularly attend group meetings, and these are the hardest because people are spread out and you can't always control the layout of the room. XRAI Glass provides a more discreet way of receiving captions, but also identifying who is speaking. I also go to conferences, and to be able to look in the direction of the speakers, rather than down at a separate device, is really exciting.
Jacqui Traynor using XRAI Glass on a pair of augmented reality glasses.
What impressed you most about the technology?
The ability to pin captions to different people and look in the direction of that individual and see their captions, and the fact that XRAI Glass will be able to facilitate numerous users from one microphone source and that I can modify the location, size, and depth of the captions to suit me - which means it's tailored personally - is super! I think the best feature is having that distinction of captions being able to intelligently recognise it as a different speaker and provide an indication of who the speaker is, is by far the best and most useful feature.
How important is it for you to have accessible technology in your industry?
Immensely important. I have been able to get to where I am today with the support of advancing technology. We have so many people in the UK who are our next leaders, our next generation of great minds, and many are held back from their full potential because they can't access environments in the same way as everyone else. Accessible technology unleashes greater potential, and we know that diverse individuals and diverse minds encourage further innovation and advances.
What about in the workplace?
About British Rowing
British Rowing is the governing body for the sport of rowing in the UK. Their team are committed to ensuring that the sport continues to thrive from grassroots right up to winning medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.