Going to the movies and enjoying everything that the big screen has to offer is one of the most fun ways to pass a weekend afternoon. Yet, there are people who have hearing loss and they are not able to fully enjoy films until they have closed-captioning to give them subtitles. That is why Sony and Regal Cinemas have developed their Access Glasses, which give the wearer the ability to see captions live in the movies.
Right now, the Access Glasses are only found at 6,000 screens across the United States. This trial run is only going to last for a few months during the summer, and the future beyond that is currently unknown. There is a great deal of speculation that the future of these glasses is highly dependent on their ability to bring in new customers as time goes on.
The access glasses have a design that is simple, yet easy to wear. They can fit over the top of just about any other pair of glasses, and will fit the head of just about any person. On the side of the lenses are the detectors which can pick up the captioning signals. They are lightweight enough so that you can wear them for hours at a time and never feel fatigued.
Glasses for closed captioning have been developed before, but they have never lived up to the needs of the individuals who suffer from hearing loss. Randy Smith, an official at Regal Cinemas, has been trying to develop these glasses to help people who have hearing loss like his son. Regal Cinemas has released this design and are waiting to see how it affects the future markets.
The glasses are requested at the counter of the Regal Cinemas and are then set up by a worker. They can be adjusted to work for different changes in brightness throughout the movie. The glasses can also be adjusted to make up for the angle that you are sitting in the theater, though it is better to sit in the middle of the theater.
After the film has been started, the glasses will receive information from the projector room. The sensors will pick up this information and then display closed-captions on the glasses, appearing to float in front of the user. With all of these reasons and the potential that they offer, there are many reasons to consider using the access glasses.