Theatre puts AR on stage
London’s National Theatre is giving audiences augmented reality glasses. The wearables, developed together with Accenture and Epson, provide hard-of-hearing theatre-goers with subtitles in-sync with the lines being spoken by actors.
The theatre’s technical team joined forces with live-subtitling expert Professor Andrew Lambourne to develop its ‘Open Access Smart Capture’ technology. The solution deploys voice-following software to track where the play is in the script to deliver the correct subtitles at exactly the right time.
The smart spectacles – which look a lot like Google Glass – are Epson Moverio BT-350s, which the company created specifically with arts and culture applications.
Accenture says the NT aims is to have fully functioning, always-on AR captioning systems in all of its three venues by the year-end.
The theatre already runs an immersive storytelling together with Accenture using virtual reality to help visitors’ lose themselves in the theatre, one story at a time’.
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