Friday, June 29, 2012

New Subtitle glasses for deaf, hard-of-hearing movie goers

Regal Entertainment and Sony announced last April that Sony’s new subtitle glasses, dubbed “Entertainment Access Glasses”, are now available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing in select Regal Theaters across the U.S. The glasses are expected to be fully deployed by 2013. Contact your local Regal theater to find out if they already provide them.

The new Sony glasses work by displaying green LED-like text on the lenses in such a way that it appears to be projected on the big screen. These glasses will also be adjustable for text placement, 3D (through an addable clip on 3D filter), and language.

The launch of these glasses is a big step forward for entertainment access to the deaf and hard of hearing. Subtitled films are rarely screened and when they are, they’re during inappropriate times such as the middle of the week, making it impossible for the hard of hearing to conveniently enjoy a movie at a theater.

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