A company called Show Translations launches the AirScript, the world’s first closed caption system for theater productions. The AirScript is designed and developed by Cambridge Consultants. It delivers subtitles from each show via personal handsets in real time, allowing both non-native speaking audience members and those with hearing impairments to enjoy the production.
The AirScript device has a color touchscreen display and connects to wireless network in the theater for subtitles streaming. It can provide real-time captions in ant language.It is being launched in conjunction with the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, for performances of ‘Hairspray’. AirScript handsets – initially supporting 8 languages, including French, German, Spanish, Japanese and English – will be available for audience members to use from November 2009.