Sony Releases Subtitle Glasses for Cinemas
Earlier in 2012, Sony introduced a practical technology that allows cinema-goers to watch regular-screened films with subtitles. Before this, if you needed to watch films with subtitles, you had to deal with extremely limited screening times or miss out entirely. Currently, about 1in 6 people is hard of hearing, so making subtitled films widely available would open films to significantly greater audiences. Sony’s new technology is being made available to cinemas worldwide, with the product already launched in locations across the UK and the U.S.A.
The premise is that the frames include small projectors that screen subtitles as if they were on the screen. Users are being given increasingly more options, with abilities to change the language of the captions as well as the size. The glasses are also designed so as to fit over a pair of specs you may already be wearing.
Sony’s new cinema subtitle glasses are bound to make a tremendously positive impact. Instead of select films in tiny slots, all films will become accessible. Further innovations could include translations for foreign movies and directors’ commentary, as well as applications outside of the realm of cinema. With real-time technology becoming more accessible as wearable accessories, there is no telling where the next step will take us.
Watch the BBC News feature on cinema subtitle glasses here: