Softeq has been active in the Assistive Technology space for over five years, providing both custom hardware and custom software to the most well known and respected theme parks and museums in the world.
Assistive technology (AT) is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. At Softeq, we have focused our AT efforts on making entertainment and educational venues accessible and immersive to individuals that are visually and/or hearing impaired. This includes Audio Description, Assistive Listening, and Closed Captioning.
The Durateq unit itself:
■ Rugged design withstands daily guest abuse in both inside and outside venues, yet small enough to carry all day
■ Audio amplifier supports Assistive Listening volume levels
■ IR receivers for seamlessly synchronizing content with exhibits and shows, using patented JAMSYNC technology
■ IR transmitter for enabling captioning content on external monitors
■ Large screen for display of closed captions
■ High-contrast buttons for the visually impaired, for triggering additional content or adjusting volume
■ Vibration alert notifies users of new content
■ Large 4GB storage capacity supports hundreds of hours of content in multiple formats and languages
■ FM Receiver capable of receiving FCC designated assistive listening frequencies
■ Extended battery life and multi-unit docking station
From my understanding, WGBH is going to be creating the captions.
This looks great, and I would be interested in hearing about those who have used this sort of technology at Disney, or the Patriots, and what the experience was like.
(Hat tip to original blog by JJ Puorro: http://blog.deafread.com/iwii/archives/35, and original article on Boston.com http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2009/01/26/pats_hall_of_fame_levels_playing_field/