Movies are a passion of mine. I relish in the visual wonders and audio experience of these cinematic achievements. However, there are those of us who are not so fortunate and by one means or another may lack one of the senses used to appreciate films.
But now, thanks to science (and Sony Entertainment teaming up with Regal Entertainment Group,) a new technology is going to be introduced to cinemas in the form of a pair of glasses to aid the hearing and visually impaired.
These new glasses will work with both 2D and 3D films, and will project subtitles in the field of vision of its wearer allowing the hearing impaired a solution that would not require them to look away from the screen.
I know in some local cinemas they have seats designated to the hearing impaired that come equipped with a specially designed mirror that allows them to see subtitles that are being displayed on the back wall of the theater. However this process can be tiring on the eyes since the user constantly has to look to the screen and back to the mirror, refocusing each time.
These glasses will project the subtitles in the line of sight giving a more seamless experience that only its wearer will see.
But this initiative is not only for the hearing impaired. For the visually impaired, Sony has also developed earphones that simultaneously provide a secondary audio track of descriptive audio.
Regal anticipates this technology to be available at its digital projected cinemas by the first quarter of 2013.
Technology may not be at the point of curing the deaf and the blind yet, but in the meantime we can find ways for them to fully experience the same hobbies that many others enjoy.