Are Captioning Glasses Really the Wave of the Future?

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What’s black, worn over the eyes, and communicates in fluorescent green text?

Why, captioning glasses, of course.

My latest adventure at the cinemaplex featured the latest captioning equipment on the market: Sony Entertainment Access Glasses. Yesterday my friend, Terri, and I ventured to a Regal movie theater to wear one of only 10 sets of these $2,000 glasses in the Kansas City area. Was it worth the drive? I’ll get back to that in a minute. But first, check out these super-duper glasses in their 3-D splendor…

How do captions fit into these itty-bitty glasses?

Here is what Sony says about the shades, verbatim: “When wearing this stylish and lightweight see-through eyewear, users can see closed caption text seemingly superimposed onto the movie picture that they’re watching on screen—t’s a natural subtitle movie experience.”

But that’s not all.

“In addition,” Sony declares, “as the captioning glasses’ receiver box is equipped…

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