Going to the movies is one of the most fun times that can be had for most people. You get to go with friends and see the biggest explosions and greatest victories on the big screen. For people with hearing loss, this should be just as much of a great time. That is why Sony and Regal Cinemas have partnered together to create the Access Glasses, which make personalized closed-captioning possible. These glasses can help anyone with hearing loss enjoy movies as soon as they are released in theaters.
One of the greatest aspects of these glasses is the simple fact that they are made to be incredibly comfortable. They can fit over any glasses that you wear for prescription purposes, and will fit the head of just about anyone. The sensors that project the closed-captioning are on the periphery of the rims, and are made to be light enough that they do not cause any potential discomfort by wearing them for hours at a time.
The concept for these glasses is nothing new to Randy Smith, the chief administrative officer of Regal Cinemas. He has personally tested these types of glasses for over a decade to find a solution for his son who has hearing impairment. After many iterations of the design, the access glasses were determined to be the best, and have found their way into many theaters.
Where Are They At?
The Access Glasses are currently on a trial run on over 6,000 screens throughout the country. The theaters are going to collect the data from the Regal Cinemas at the end of the summer to compile the data and see if it is worth expanding the business venture. Many people are hoping that this will be the case, and that people with hearing loss will have a much better time at the movies.
The Setup Process
After the person has been assigned the glasses, they will be assisted by a person from the theater to set the glasses up according to several factors. The glasses can be adjusted for brightness as well as the angle from which the movie will be viewed. It is best to go to the movies early so that you can sit in the middle of the cinema for the best experience.
After the movie has started, the sensors will begin to pick up the closed captioning subtitles, which will then be displayed through the glasses, and appear to be projected in front of the user. This allows people with hearing loss to have a much better experience at the movies, allowing them to see all of the latest hits in the theaters rather than on DVD.