Smart Caption Glasses at the National Theatre Offer Wider Access to Hearing Impaired Theatergoers

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Smart Caption Glasses offer an innovative new way for deaf and hard of hearing people to enjoy performances at the National Theatre and hopefully in the near future at theaters globally. In 2019, they will allow people with hearing loss to enjoy National Theater productions from any seat in any theatre. When wearing the glasses, users will see a transcript of the dialogue and descriptions of the sound from a performance displayed on the lenses of the glasses. 
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John Dunn, National Sales Manager for Elation with the Artiste Picasso WFX Award
John Dunn, National Sales Manager for Elation with the Artiste Picasso WFX Award

Artiste Picasso Wins Best Moving Light Award

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Elation Professional’s Artiste™ series of theatrical-grade moving heads has again been recognized as uniquely innovative. The Artiste Picasso™ has been honored with a New Product Award in the Moving Light category at the recent WFX Conference & Expo in Orlando, the sixth time the series has been recognized by industry peers.

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The Ovation E-930VW from CHAUVET wins a new product award
The Ovation E-930VW from CHAUVET wins a new product award

CHAUVET Professional Ovation E-930VW Wins New Products Award

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There are many reasons why the Ovation E-930VW variable white ellipsoidal fixture can be an invaluable addition to a lighting rig. Projecting a bright, flat field of light in nearly any temperature of white with high CRI and CQS, and featuring a proprietary six-color LED system, the new fixture is ideal for many end-users.

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Østre Gasværk Teater. Photos: Louise Stickland
Østre Gasværk Teater. Photos: Louise Stickland

An Extensive Rigging Upgrade at Landmark Copenhagen Theater

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Denmark’s Østre Gasværk Teater in the city’s Østerbro district is housed in a former gas holder once part of the old Eastern Gasworks complex, built in 1878 and designed by Martin Nyrop, also the architect of Copenhagen City Hall. The venue has functioned as a performance space since the 1970s, however in the last year an extensive technical refit and major rigging upgrade has involved the installation of a completely new free-standing steel grid internal structure, together with a Kinesys automation system – featuring the latest Kinesys Apex chain hoists and DigiHoist control.

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Four ESTA Standards Approved

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On November 6, ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved four ESTA standards. Three are new or revised standards and one is the reaffirmation without changes of an existing standard. All four are published and are available for free download from the TSP website at tsp.esta.org/freestandards thanks to the sponsorship of Prosight Specialty Insurance. They are also available for sale from ANSI and IHS for the retail price of $40. The four standards are:

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