Smart Glasses for Deaf Theatre fans

London’s National Theatre is using augmented reality to make its performances more accessible for hard of hearing customers, with the help of Epson’s latest smart glasses. It launched a trial, in which deaf and hearing-impaired customers were supplied with the eyewear, which displays subtitles in their field of vision wherever they are sitting. The trial will run for a year with the support of tech consultancy Accenture. The always-on service will run in all three of the organisation’s theaters, and will be supplemented by always-on audio description for visually impaired customers by April 2019.


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