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Sony Glasses can show movie subtitles

April 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 23 (UPI) -- Sony says its new Access Glasses will give deaf and hearing-impaired moviegoers closed captioned text in their direct line of sight for both 2D and 3D movies.

Sony has announced a partnership with Regal Entertainment that will see the glasses in Regal's digitized theaters across the United States, boxofficemagazine.com reported.

The Sony glasses are designed with a receiver for receiving and displaying text subtitles.

Also, when paired with headphones, Access Glasses can provide descriptive audio tracks for the blind and visually impaired, Sony said.

"Regal strives to provide the best experience for all moviegoers and this rollout is the culmination of years of coordination with accessibility advocates, film studios and, of course, Sony Digital Cinema," Amy Miles, chief executive officer of Regal Entertainment Group, said.

"By incorporating this technology into the Regal theater experience, we're giving deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired customers a more convenient and natural way to enjoy the movies," she said. "We've worked closely with Sony for the last year testing the technology with audiences and the feedback has been phenomenal."

Weighing less than 3 ounces, the glasses can be programmed to display bright closed caption text in a choice of six languages, Sony said.

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