Category Archives: Special Focus: HI/VI

Exhibition equipment addressing the needs of the deaf, hard of hearing or visually impaired communities crosses boundaries, so editorially we will often use the common industry phrase 'HI/VI'. We don't mean it to be offensive and are aware of Agreement on Terminology.

Signing at the Movies

Movies at the cinema, a cultural phenomena that involves a blend of technology and groups of people, is taking one more step into Inclusiveness. The imperfect solutions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Blind and Partially Sighted are more and more part of every cinema facility – either special glasses that present words in mid-air or equipment that places words on at the end of bendable post, and earphones that transmit either a special enhanced (mono) dialog track or a different mono track that includes a narrator who describes the action.

Work is now in progress to put together the technology required to include a new group of people into the rich cultural experiences of movie-going. The tools being added are for those who use sign language to communicate. As has been common for the inclusion path, compliance with government requirements are the driving force. This time the requirement comes from Brazil, via a “Normative Instruction” that by 2018 (the time schedule has since been delayed) every commercial movie theater in Brazil must be equipped with assistive technology that guarantees the services of subtitling, descriptive subtitling, audio description and Libras

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Signing at the Movies

Movies at the cinema, a cultural phenomena that involves a blend of technology and groups of people, is taking one more step into Inclusiveness. The imperfect solutions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Blind and Partially Sighted are more and more part of every cinema facility – either special glasses that present words in mid-air or equipment that places words on at the end of bendable post, and earphones that transmit either a special enhanced (mono) dialog track or a different mono track that includes a narrator who describes the action.

Work is now in progress to put together the technology required to include a new group of people into the rich cultural experiences of movie-going. The tools being added are for those who use sign language to communicate. As has been common for the inclusion path, compliance with government requirements are the driving force. This time the requirement comes from Brazil, via a “Normative Instruction” that by 2018 (the time schedule has since been delayed) every commercial movie theater in Brazil must be equipped with assistive technology that guarantees the services of subtitling, descriptive subtitling, audio description and Libras

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Cinema Accessibility to Inclusion – A White Paper

Cultures and technologies advance, not always simultaneously nor without mess excitement interesting times.

This white paper describes the film to di[……]

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Cinema Accessibility to Inclusion – A White Paper

Cultures and technologies advance, not always simultaneously nor without mess excitement interesting times.

This white paper describes the film to di[……]

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Post CinemaCon HI/VI Review–Sony CC Glasses

A few years ago the multi-category manufacturer USL showed a wonderful set of glasses built for the cinema audience. They handled three major problems that viewers of closed caption devices have: a) The need to focus/refocus repetitively on the words in the “Rear Window” reflective mirror, then focus up on the screen, then looking down again and up againanddown againandupagain over and over, all movie long and b) the distraction that those systems cause surrounding audience members and c) the effect of being different.

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Post CinemaCon HI/VI Review–Sony CC Glasses

A few years ago the multi-category manufacturer USL showed a wonderful set of glasses built for the cinema audience. They handled three major problems that viewers of closed caption devices have: a) The need to focus/refocus repetitively on the words in the “Rear Window” reflective mirror, then focus up on the screen, then looking down again and up againanddown againandupagain over and over, all movie long and b) the distraction that those systems cause surrounding audience members and c) the effect of being different.

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Cinemark and Regal Go Captioned

After years of waiting for a working technology, after years of lawsuits and anger from the hard of hearing and visually impaired communities, two major cinema chains have agreed to install closed caption equipment into all of their cinema theaters.

Cinemark and Regal cinema chains made the announcements in separate news releases.

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