MovieReading app transforms cinema experience for the vision-impaired

CLIENT: DEMAND.FILM
OUTLET: ABC NEWS

Cinemagoers are usually urged to switch off mobile phones when the lights dim for a movie, but a new app for the vision-impaired will transform their device and film-going experience. Adelaide woman Sarah Savage said her impairment meant she had never before been to the cinema, and she missed out as well when she and her husband watched TV or movies at home. "I miss most of the detail, especially if there's lots of darkness," she said. The MovieReading app detects the point the film is at, via the phone's microphone, and streams a detailed descriptive audio track, which tells the user what is appearing on the big screen.

Cinemagoers are usually urged to switch off mobile phones when the lights dim for a movie, but a new app for the vision-impaired will transform their device and film-going experience.

Adelaide woman Sarah Savage said her impairment meant she had never before been to the cinema, and she missed out as well when she and her husband watched TV or movies at home.

"I miss most of the detail, especially if there's lots of darkness," she said.

The MovieReading app detects the point the film is at, via the phone's microphone, and streams a detailed descriptive audio track, which tells the user what is appearing on the big screen.