The BBC reports that one in six people experiences some level of hearing loss. That’s a massive number of people who struggle to hear when they go to the movies. Captioning technology has been around for ages, but theaters tend to schedule captioned showings in the middle of the week (if at all). The mainstream population isn’t interested in seeing captioned films and the hearing-impaired population tends to get cheated out of prime date-night showings with this setup.
Sony has created a cool new type of glasses that would help hearing impaired movie lovers see all of the new releases whenever they want while other movie-goers are spared the subtitles. The subtitles will be transmitted directly to the glasses so that hearing impaired people can follow the story while watching the action and other movie lovers aren’t distracted by the words on the screen. Sony says the glasses should hit theaters in the UK in 2012, then other countries soon after.