Most people who frequent movie theaters for the latest releases tend to take it for granted that they can enjoy the movie immediately with no extra effort to interpret it. Compare this to the thousands of people who are deaf or hearing impaired – they really can’t enjoy the movies until they are released with the captions added. However, that is all about to change, thanks to new closed-captioning glasses available at movie theaters now. This allows everyone to enjoy the films together. Let’s explore this new technology and where you can expect to find the glasses.
The Ins and Outs
Called Access Glasses,these provide many advantages to those who suffer from hearing loss, with the unique ability to be customized for brightness based upon the individual user. You can therefore see the captions best in optimal lighting. Adjustments can be made to fit your seat in the movie theater, allowing you to see the film and captions better. Initial trial places the middle of the theater as the best seat in the house when it comes to perspective.
Once configured to your face, the movie begins and you are treated to a cinematic delight. This is when sensors on either side of your head pick up on the captions via a data transmitter, with a display that shows right in front of you. You’ll appreciate that the captioning text appears to be floating about 10 feet before your face so you can read it comfortably while enjoying the whole movie experience. This is a big leap forward for those who are hearing impaired, with more implementation at more locations at future dates.
Concept and Design
The closed-caption glasses, developed by a joint partnership between Sony and Regal Cinemas, are officially known as Sony Entertainment Access Glasses. They are the end result of a lifelong dream of the chief administrative officer of Regal Cinemas, Randy Smith. It took years and years of testing, but Sony has now released the glasses with availability at over 6,000 screens by the close of summer.
A Seamless Design
Boasting an interesting design great for people of all shapes and sizes, these glasses resemble an oversized pair of glasses with two detectors on either side. They’re able to fit over most pairs of glasses that you own already, and are designed with your comfort in mind so you’re not tired by the end of the experience.
Where are they Found?
Right now the plan is to make the glasses available on a trial run at Regal Cinema theaters peppered across the United States. While it’s not known yet how long the testing phase of this project will last or even if expansion is planned for additional screens, it’s generally believed that the success of this new technology will rely on how many people they are able to draw into the theaters.