Inventor, Jack Ezra, of 3D Experience, UK, has come up with a Cinema Subtitle System for the hard of hearing which is invisible to the general audience.
(Also known as captioning) are textual versions of the dialog or commentary in films, television programs, video games, and the like, usually displayed at the bottom of the screen. They can either be a form of written translation of a dialog in a foreign language, or a written rendering of the dialog in the same language, with or without added information to help viewers who are deaf and hard-of-hearing to follow the dialog, or people who cannot understand the spoken dialog or who have accent recognition problems.
With this new technology, subtitles appear on a special display just below the main movie screen, but the really impressive part is, the so called, "inconspicuous" display, looks dark grey, until you wear the special, lightweight glasses - and then, as if by magic, the subtitles appear.
There are other contenders that the cinema industry are considering, such as projector glasses or calculator sized displays which use the drinks holder to support them. Jack says "...he has concerns about the transfer of germs and particularly, ear and eye infections, when these units are passed from person to person, show after show. Then there is the high cost of the units themselves and what about breakages or theft. With my system, each pair of inexpensive, lightweight, glasses is hygienically packed just like 3D glasses."
Mr. Ezra is hoping that cinema chains will be interested in using his "Off-Screen Subtitle System" for all movie shows so customers who want subtitles, can watch new releases, while sitting along-side other customers, who don't want subtitles on the screen.
Jack hopes to raise the necessary funds so he can bring his technology to market as soon as possible.
He also has plans to explore the idea of an additional "inconspicuous" display screen in the cinema showing sign language and also making the technology available to other venues such as pubs, clubs, schools, colleges and live theatre.
Jack is eager to build a cinema prototype for trials followed by full size Cinema systems, which would allow millions of people within any of the diverse deaf spectra around the world, to enjoy a fuller Cinema Experience. Our proof of concept "inconspicuous" display System has been proved to work perfectly in that nothing appears on a screen until you put the inexpensive, lightweight, glasses on.
Update - 23 - July - 2013
Entrepreneur George Georgiou and inventor Jack Ezra have teamed up to form "GioJaX Ltd" and "Mystery Technology LLP", which will develop an "Off-Screen Cinema Subtitle System" for the deaf and hard of hearing". The development work will be carried out in Sri Lanka, China & the UK over the coming months with a fully working system hopefully, being tested in October/ November 2013.
The Off-Screen Cinema Subtitle System uses a special display under the movie screen which is invisible to the general audience until you wear special light-weight glasses and then the subtitles are viewable to anyone in the audience wishing to see them.
"I am thrilled to be working with Jack," said Mr Giorgio. "We will start with the "Off-Screen Cinema Subtitle System" and then move on to some of Jack's other inventions such as "Nomad", which is a special computer display which allows users to sit at their workstations for long periods without suffering muscular pains or eye strain, then we will work on "Multi Level Projection" which is a new kind of layered 3D display for gamers or live theatre productions, where you don't need 3D glasses for a 3D effect, and finally, "EyeGate" which is a 3D without glasses cinema system. I am looking forward to producing the "Off-Screen Cinema Subtitle" technology as soon as possible and offering it worldwide and I look forward to an exciting partnership with Jack".
Jack says, "George is a professional musician and entrepreneur who made his fortune through property development and other business ventures - he also trained as an Osteopath so can appreciate my "Nomad" technology. I tried to raise funding through "Indigogo" which helped to gain public awareness, but I still could not raise anything like what we needed for a full prototype. George, who's wife is deaf, was one of three investors who approached me and could see that the "Off-Screen Cinema Subtitle" technology could make a real difference to deaf & hard of hearing people, the elderly, foreign students, or anyone who wanted to see captions during a movie".
Industry professionals such Regal in the USA and in the UK, the Cinema Exhibitors Association, Odeon & Cineworld have offered their help to the new venture in the form of feedback, testing and promotion of the technology.
The subtitled video version can be found at www.amara.org/en-gb/videos/QRXDTqigAUIa/info/off-screen-cinema-subtitling-system/
For further information please visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/off-screen-cinema-subtitle-system
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