Watch out, Google Glasses. Students at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in New York have introduced a new way to see captions in movie theaters.
The idea was a winner in the NTID’s Next Big Idea competition, which awards a $5,000 prize to the first place idea. The competition, sponsored by ZVRS video relay service, encouraged students to create a product, technology, or business that would benefit the deaf and hard-of-hearing community
Each student team had 10 minutes to pitch its idea to the panel of judges, who were five ZVRS employees and among 60 NTID alums working for the Florida-based company.
First place and $5,000 was awarded to invisibleCAPTIONS, represented by students Samantha Braidi, of Vineland, NJ, Cory Behm, of Rochester, Daniel Moreno, of Miami, Fla, and Melissa Kielbus, of Fremont, Calif.
Their plan is to make glasses with lenses and a custom filter that would capture ultraviolet light. A movie projector would send out the UV light, but only those with the glasses would see the captions.
The glasses would be a cheaper and more efficient alternative to options currently used in movie theaters, including large, unflattering, battery-operated heavy glasses that constantly need adjustment, they said.
“This could be revolutionary,” Behm told the judges. “It’s a whole new way deaf and hard-of-hearing people can access information.”
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