Glasses Let Blind And Deaf Viewers Watch Movies In Theatres


I'm a big fan of getting as many people interested in movies as possible. They are a huge part of my life, essentially my version of religion. It's certainly where I can be found most Sundays. Theatres are my churches, actors my saints, movies my scripture. And I preach the good word as often as I can. But, because it is a visual and auditory medium, there are chunks of the population to which the experience of going to the movies is inaccessible. I speak of the deaf and the blind, for whom there has been very little progress past closed captioning and described video. But a new technology may welcome them into the fold.

Championed by Sony Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group, these Access Glasses provide captions and subtitling via the lenses, similar to the glasses Google teased earlier in the month, but with a significantly smaller chance of the wearer being plowed down by a UPS truck. They work with 2D and 3D films, and will be in some US theatres soon. Regal entertainment described them as such:
The Sony technology consists of specially designed eyewear and a receiver allowing deaf and hard of hearing customers to view closed captioned text in their direct line of sight for both 2D and 3D movies. For blind and visually impaired customers, Sony’s Entertainment Access Glasses, paired with headphones, provide descriptive audio tracks. The technology began being deployed in April of 2012 and is expected to be completed by first quarter 2013.
This is fantastic, though I can see one major issue, and it's the same I pointed out with the Gooses: when subtitles are on the film print, they are at the same visual distance as the rest of the film, allowing the eye to focus on both. With glasses, the print will be near sighted, and the image far, forcing the eye to focus and refocus continuously, which could result in headaches, nausea and eye problems with prolonged use. But, it is a step forward in a field I feel there is too little (read: no) innovation.

Via /Film.
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