Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

A Regal Caption Glasses Review

[Image Description: black glasses and a remote controller]

[Image Description: black glasses and a remote controller]

On the night of my and my boyfriend’s two year anniversary, we saw the new Power Rangers movie.

Ever since the CaptiView came out, I’ve been enjoying going to the cinema a lot more. No more wasting $10 on a movie ticket just to sit in front of a big screen and hear muffled words and leave not understanding 90% of the movie.

Devon and I were having a weekend getaway, so we were in an area that we’ve never been to. We went to a cinema that I’ve never been to so this made me nervous because I didn’t know what kind of accommodations they had, if they had any at all. (Devon is hearing, so he doesn’t have to worry about any of this stuff.)

When we get to the cinema, we ask if they have anything for me. I’m really hoping for the CaptiView, but as it turns out, they only have the caption glasses. Let me be real with you here - I’m a lover of the CaptiView. I like that it’s nowhere near my face and I can clearly see the screen and also view the captions. When the person at the ticket booth said they only had the glasses, I was already dreading the experience a little, but I was willing to give them a try since I read some reviews in the past that praised them.

So I tried them for a whole two hours and… yeah, I don’t like them.

  1. They do this weird tickling sensation on my nose that irritated me for the whole two hours. It then eventually started to hurt on my nose having them on for so long, and my ears and head hurt. 
  2. My eyes weren’t feeling too great having to focus on extremely small green text that had no background behind it. The text on the left side was faded which made it difficult to read. 
  3. I hated having to keep my head still in order to keep the text still, to keep it below or above the movie screen wall so it stayed on black background. That made my body, especially my neck, extremely uncomfortable. There were “buttons” that you could push on to move the text placement, but it didn’t work out the way it should have for me.

I’m simply just not a fan of the caption glasses. I’m a CaptiView fan, which I know people either love or hate just like the glasses. While it can be frustrating putting the CaptiView into the cup holder, it was great having it in one spot knowing that it would (usually) stay there and I can move around as much as I wanted to stay comfortable, which is something I couldn’t do with the glasses. You still get the green text on a CaptiView, but the background is solid black so it makes for easier reading. The text is also bigger and it’s not faded like it is on the glasses.

So, overall, I give these glasses a big No with a capital “N”. From now on, I will make sure to find out ahead of time if a cinema has glasses or CaptiView. If they only have glasses, I won’t see a movie there.

You can see my video about accessibility at the cinema here.

Now it’s time to battle it out. Which device do you prefer: glasses or CaptiView? Leave your comments below!

Being Deaf And Weather Aware

Facebook Has A Closed Captioning Problem