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Sony captioning glasses show promise for mixed audiences

November 8, 2011

Leading electronics manufacturer Sony recently released lightweight captioning glasses for closed caption viewing and audio playback by people with hearing and visual disabilities. A BBC video describes the glasses and demonstrates how they are used, and a Gallaudet University student tried the glasses and wrote about his impressions in the student newspaper. The capability to provide captions only to those who need them makes the glasses ideal for audiences that include both hearing and hearing-impaired individuals. What’s more, with this system in place, movie theaters would no longer need to schedule specific open captioned showings. Instead, deaf and hard-of-hearing moviegoers will be able to enjoy the same selection of show times as everyone else.