updated 03:05 pm EDT, Thu April 19, 2012
Wireless technology aimed at hearing-impaired
Sony and American theater chain Regal Entertainment are rolling out a new glasses technology aimed at improving the theater experience for hearing impaired moviegoers. The new Access Glasses use wireless technology to stream closed captions, making for easier watching.
The Access Glasses are capable of showing text in six different languages. The glasses display the text across the viewer's field of vision, eliminating the need for the hearing impaired to continually look to the bottom of the screen to view captions. The display allows for the location of the text to be adjusted to suit user preferences, and there are additional features allowing for the blind and visually impaired to hear audio descriptions of happenings on the screen. An available clip-on filter allows for 3D viewing without compromising image clarity.
Access Glasses are available to use in some Regal theaters as of this month. The theater chain plans to have wider availability of the technology by winter of 2013. [via The Verge]