Paris Theatre to Offer Augmented Reality Glasses for Non-French Speakers

News   Paris Theatre to Offer Augmented Reality Glasses for Non-French Speakers
French arts organization Theatre in Paris is set to introduce augmented reality glasses that project English translations into the air during performances at select theatres, reports The Local.

The team at Theatre in Paris are behind the "surtitles" program currently in use at certain Parisian theatres, which translates librettos and other text onto a screen above the stage during performances. Their newest venture, the glasses, will project perfectly synchronized translations into the air. The concept will be tested during performances of Mistinguett, Queen of the Cabaret at Le Comedia beginning Dec. 5 and continuing through Jan. 3, 2016.

"It sounds complicated, but it's not really," Carl de Poncins, the co-founder of Theatre in Paris, told The Local. "It's very similar to Google glasses, except the screen is larger and the words are positioned closer to where you're looking."

"It's a lot less effort from a user standpoint - you see the words on a virtual and transparent screen," he continued. "We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to breaking down the language barriers in theatre."

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