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Audio description for a Gilbert and Sullivan favourite

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One of the most loved comic operas, 'The Pirates of Penzance', will be presented with audio description in November 2010.

One of the most loved comic operas, 'The Pirates of Penzance', will be presented with audio description in November 2010.

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Sydney's Biennale will include AD guided tours

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This year’s Biennale, Australia’s largest visual arts event, runs from 12 May to 1 August 2010. A feature of the event is the Lord Mayor Community Access Days, which will this year Include audio described tours at the Museum of Contemporary Art (29 May), Cockatoo Island (20 June) and the Royal Botanic Gardens (11 July).

For more information, see the Accessible Arts website

 

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New cinema access system moves to development phase

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SightCine, a Los Angeles based start-up company, has secured development funding to create a prototype of its caption glasses concept. The idea is that the captions are displayed on the screen but are only visible to people wearing the glasses.

There is not much detail in exactly how the glasses work, but other systems using glasses have been developed before. In February 2007 an emerging technologies demonstration was showcased at a cinema in Washington DC. This was reported in Winter 2007 issue of The Media Access Report (“R&D For Cinema Captioning Systems”, p16).


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Captioning and audio description at Cowboys Stadium

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Mobile captioning, audio description in English and Spanish, and assistive listening are part of a new service now available to guests at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas, home to the Dallas Cowboys.

The service is delivered via the DURATEQ Assistive Technology Version (ATV) handheld devices, jointly developed by Softeq and wireless captioning specialist Intelligent Access. The device is already used for a number of Disney parks. For the Cowboys Stadium, the devices have been further developed to support real time captioning.
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