Now there's a groundbreaking way for people with hearing loss to enjoy movies. The Sony Entertainment Access Glasses allows a direct line of sight to a movie screen with captioned text and appear to float about ten feet in front of the user. The glasses may be worn over prescription eyewear and can be used for 3D movies with the option of a detachable polarized filter.
The Closed Caption viewing uses Sony's holographic technology, which delivers bright, clear, and easy-to-read subtitles seemingly "in the air." The system transmits closed-caption data from any DCI-compliant media server wirelessly to the glasses' receiver box, and can be programmed to display subtitles in a choice of six languages.
They also come with audio tracks that describe the action on the screen for blind people, or they can boost the audio levels of the movie for those who are hard of hearing.Randy Smith Jr., Chief Administrative Officer for Regal Cinemas, says he has worked for more than a decade to bring this technology to the hard of hearing public.
“I’ve attempted to enjoy a movie with my deaf son so many times over the last 26 years, but to no avail. After watching a movie I would try to discuss it with him. The comments he would make would in no way relate to the plot of the movie and at one point he finally confessed that as he watched the screen, he simply made up the story in his head. He didn’t really know what was going on. The fact that I can take my son to a movie is literally bringing tears to my eyes.”
Visit Regal Cinema’s website to learn more about their latest closed captioning technology.