Closed-Captioning Glasses allow people with hearing loss to enjoy the the movies!

If you’re not hearing impaired, you take it for granted that you can head out to catch the latest flick at the theater right away without any extra effort on your part. However, hearing impaired individuals don’t have that luxury, and must wait until the movie has been released with added captions. Change is on the horizon, though, in the form of closed-captioning glasses available at select movie theaters now, giving everyone the chance to enjoy films together. Let’s examine this new technology and where you can expect to find the new glasses.

Concept

Randy Smith, chief administrative officer of Regal Cinemas, had a dream for many years to come up with a technology that would enable hearing impaired individuals to see a new movie at the theater. He created the concept for closed-caption glasses in partnership with Sony and Regal Cinemas to produce what’s known as Sony Entertainment Access Glasses. While the testing phase took many years, they’re now available in limited release at 6,000 screens all over the country.

Design

Boasting holographic technology, these glasses delivers bright, crystal clear and easy-to-read subtitles that float in the air right in front of you, transmitted via a media server sent wirelessly to a receiver. This design works for a variety of body types, shapes and sizes, with comfort at the center of the concept. They’re slightly oversized – just a but bigger than ordinary glasses – and yet fit right over your existing lenses.

Operation

Access Glasses offer ground breaking advantages to those who suffer from hearing loss. For the first time, hearing impaired people can view the latest movies with captions that can be configured for brightness based upon the individual user. This allows for optimal viewing of captions that are bright and clear, with no straining. Make adjustments for your own requirements to better enhance the movie experience. You’re best off sitting in the middle of the theater for ideal results.

Once the movie starts rolling, there are sensors on either side of your head that can detect subtitles through a data transmitter, displaying the words in front of you. They seem to float right in the air! This gives you a comfortable, revolutionary way to enjoying the entire movie experience, representing a big advancement in the field of hearing impaired technology. With success may come more availability at additional locations.

Location

Across the United States, there are currently 6,000 screens that are offering this new technology.  The testing phase is still ongoing to work out any kinks and determine interest in the system. The addition of more theaters and screens will depend on this initial interest and the success of the technology for hearing-impaired users. The future will show whether the new product will take off, but the outlook looks positive.