This Google Glass app provides closed captioning for the hearing impaired

By Shawn Knight
Oct 6, 2014
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  1. For all of the criticism and backlash Google Glass has generated in regards to privacy, there are some genuine benefits that the headset brings to the table. One good example of this is a new app for the wearable called Captioning...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,340   +1,938

    Those glasses still look super ridiculous to me, if I was hearing impaired I'd use the good old fashioned in ear hearing aid instead.
  3. YourLocalCinema

    YourLocalCinema TS Rookie

    All digital-equipped cinemas have subtitle/caption facilities built-in. They just need an end-user solution like this to provide subtitles to people with hearing loss. Instead of projecting subtitles/captions on to the cinema screen, for all to see, and irritate, solutions like this can display 'personal' subtitles, that only the glasses-wearer can see. Maybe for audience members with hearing loss, the convenience of an inclusive, 'personal' solution, and the vastly increased choice it can offer, would be more favourable than segregated, inconvenient, separate captioned shows. A 'personal' cinema access solution could enable cinemas to offer 100% access to people with hearing loss. But only if film distributors provide 100% subtitled content. Currently they don't. Ideally, people with hearing loss would be offered the same choice of cinema releases as everyone else. Ideally all cinemas AND films would be accessible. Ubiquitous. People expect shops, restaurants, car parks, cinemas etc. to be accessible to disabled people. Ramps, wheelchair spaces, toilets, loop systems and elevators enable people who need a little assistance to enjoy services. Films at cinemas should be accessible too. People with hearing loss are used to having subtitles/captions on other film platforms - TV, DVD, Blu-Ray, online Netflix, iPlayer etc. With ageing, loss of some hearing or sight is inevitable. Access to film via captions/subtitles is something that we may all appreciate eventually. The audience for captioned/subtitled shows is not a huge one, in the scheme of things, but it's a paying audience nonetheless, and its members expect and deserve to be treat as equals.
  4. If apple can integrate Siri or some type of real time captioning with FaceTime, that would be a wonderful thing.
  5. Never call a deaf person 'hearing-impaired'. It's highly offensive.

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