Sony Glasses can show movie subtitles

Sony Glasses can show movie subtitles

Access Glasses. Credit: Sony

April 23, 2012

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 23 (UPI) — Sony says its new Access Glasses will give deaf and hearing-impaired moviegoers closed captioned text in their direct line of sight for both 2D and 3D movies.

Sony has announced a partnership with Regal Entertainment that will see the glasses in Regal’s digitized theaters across the United States, reported.

The Sony glasses are designed with a receiver for receiving and displaying text subtitles.

Also, when paired with headphones, Access Glasses can provide descriptive audio tracks for the blind and visually impaired, Sony said.

“Regal strives to provide the best experience for all moviegoers and this rollout is the culmination of years of coordination with accessibility advocates, film studios and, of course, Sony Digital Cinema,” Amy Miles, chief executive officer of Regal Entertainment Group, said.

“By incorporating this technology into the Regal theater experience, we’re giving deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired customers a more convenient and natural way to enjoy the movies,” she said. “We’ve worked closely with Sony for the last year testing the technology with audiences and the feedback has been phenomenal.”

Weighing less than 3 ounces, the glasses can be programmed to display bright closed caption text in a choice of six languages, Sony said.


1 comment for “Sony Glasses can show movie subtitles

  1. derek brandon
    April 27, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    These glasses would be very useful for people with hearing loss in the UK. Although most cinemas now have facilities to screen the latest films with English-language subtitles & audio description for people with hearing or sight loss, there are only around 1,000 subtitled shows every week around the UK. That may sound a lot but it’s only around 1% of cinema shows. In the UK, subtitles are on the cinema screen, for all to see, so require separate screenings.

    Subtitle glasses would increase the choice of subtitled films and shows tenfold. People would very much appreciate such a service from cinemas. Take a look at this page of feedback from the cinema-going public:


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