Sony intros products for impaired

Products include eyewear to be used by deaf, hard of hearing

Sony is introing products to make it easier for hearing and visually impaired moviegoers to enjoy films at ShowEast2011.

Dubbed Entertainment Access Technology, the products include eyewear that can be used by deaf and hard of hearing consumers to view closed captioning data in up to six different languages. The glasses synch up with Sony’s digital cinema projection systems using a wireless signal. Then extremely small projectors within the glasses display the closed captioning data for the person wearing the glasses, which are also adaptable for 3D.

The lightweight glasses, which have been tested with consumers in Seattle, also have an adjustable text height feature and have a receiver that makes it possible to use headphones for the hearing impaired or audio descriptive tracks for the visually impaired.

Sony plans to make these glasses available to exhibitors for purchase.

“The idea was to use some developments and innovation to find a way for people with hearing or vision challenges to enjoy movies more than was previously possible,” said Gary Johns, svp of Sony Electronics’ digital cinema solutions group.

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