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Closed captioned cinema on Broadway

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Captioned cinema hits the big time on Broadway. Broadway in Sydney, that is. From 30 December 2010 Hoyts Cinemas Broadway will begin closed captioned sessions using the CaptiView system.

As part of the Cinema Access Implementation Plan, Hoyts Broadway will be one of the first three locations in Australia to begin closed caption screenings, with 10 CaptiView units on site to be used by movie patrons. 


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Music for the hearing impaired

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Interior Design: Music for the Bionic Ear, a piece of music designed for people with hearing impairments, opens in February at the Fairfax Theatre, Arts Centre, in Melbourne.

The performance has been designed specifically for communicating music through cochlear implants that traditionally are unable to discern between music and generic sound.

Sound artist and composer Robin Fox led the team commissioned to create the composition, which was funded by the Australian Network for Art and Technology and run by Melbourne's Bionic Ear Institute, according to a report published in The Age online.


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The D-Link Boxee Box – good for caption users, a mixed bag for others

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The much anticipated media centre Boxee Box has finally been released in Australia, promising a perfect blend of the Internet and the lounge room TV.

While its ability to play content is remarkable, its accessibility features will leave some people with disabilities excited, while others will be disappointed.

The Boxee Box is designed to be an Internet-enabled media centre that can be plugged into any TV. There are three main features of the Boxee Box:


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Dragon Dictation and Search now available in Apple's Australian iTunes store

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Mobile applications Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search are now available for free in Apple’s Australian iTunes store. These applications allow you to dictate to your iPhone or iPad, alleviating the need to use the onscreen keyboard.

The onscreen keyboard, particularly on the iPhone, can be cumbersome and time consuming for sighted and blind or vision impaired people alike. The Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search applications are built on Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Nuance’s highly sophisticated speech recognition software.

Dragon Dictation will convert your speech into text and Nuance claims that using Dragon Dictation is up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard.


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