New technology for both deaf and visually impaired moviegoers

Glasses developed by Sony are helping people who are deaf or hard of hearing enjoy movies in theatres. The glasses, which resemble thick sunglasses, project closed-captioning text on the lenses that is syncronized with the spoken dialogue. The technology also allows people who are visually impaired to wear earphones that give them audio descriptions of the action occurring on the screen. The headphones can also enhance the sound of the movie for persons who are hearing impaired.

Sony has sold this technology to Regal, Carmike, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas across the country. The glasses are an improvement over the rear-window captioning the preceeded this invention, because the text is easier to see and the glasses are less conspicuous.

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Please contact your local theatre to determine the availability of this technology.