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3 Fun Ways to Enjoy the Summer!

By | Churches, Education, General, Hearing Assistance, Music, streaming, Theater, Tour Guides | No Comments

Summer is finally here, with its long days that stretch into evening, allowing more time to enjoy life outside, more fun with friends, more time for playing sports. Being outside has amazing benefits as well. Just being outside can lower blood pressure, fight depression and improve memory.  Natural sunlight helps mitigate pain and boost the immune system, plus being outdoors enhances creativity, improves vision, and there’s all that natural aromatherapy.  And it’s all natural. Here are 3 fun ways to be outside and spend time with loved ones (and maybe even learn something):

Outdoor Theater

Attending an outdoor theater production with a picnic is not only healthy for the body because you’re outdoors, but healthy for the mind and spirit too. “Theater is one of the higher cultural activities that mark us as imaginative, creative and truly human,” says Dr. Glenn D Wilson. If the performance includes comedy, all the better. The Mayo Clinic explains that laughter is great for relieving stress and stimulating organs. In the short term, giggling causes a boost in endorphins, the brain’s feel-good chemicals.

Of course, if you don’t arrive early enough to get a seat close to the stage, it may be difficult to hear the actors. Children playing, conversations nearby, traffic, or people walking around can distract from hearing the play. Look for outdoor theaters that offer audio over WiFi streaming so you can be sure to hear every word of the production or even listen to audio translated, if the venue offers live translation.

Walking Tours

Many cities, and even small towns, offer informative and fun walking tours that could help you learn more about the place you are visiting or even your hometown.  Or why not create your own walking tour and invite your friends and family?  Or have your children do it and get an entirely different perspective? They can visit the local history museum and ask the research librarian to help them, or better yet, visit a nursing home and get first-hand stories about locations around town. Intergenerational activity is a great way for parents to help their kids connect with older generations. The children will be so proud to inform everyone about the town and community.  

Of course, if you create your own local walking tour, you might get a crowd and you’ll want to make sure that they can all hear you. A wireless tour guide system is a simple solution to transmit your tour audio directly to your participants’ devices.

Movies Under the Stars

Drive-ins used to be common in cities and even small towns, but now there are only a handful left anywhere. However, with a wireless audio streaming solution that can be easily connected to a projector, it’s easy to make your own outdoor theater. The only other thing you’ll need is a blank white wall (or simply tack up a white sheet).  And, of course, a movie.

You can make it a private event, or if you screen your movie on the side of a building, your outdoor movie screening can become a fun community-building event. The best part is that with an audio streaming solution that transmits audio directly to users’ mobile devices, you’ll never have to worry about disturbing your neighbors!

No matter what you do this summer, we hope you will be sure to gain the benefits of being outdoors. Let us know if we can help make your summer even better by contacting us.

Build Community with Theater Translation

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We live in a multi-cultural global society with large populations in every country speaking Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Korean, English and hundreds of other languages. Yet, while we may seem so different from our foreign neighbors, we are intrinsically alike as we share similar emotions, concerns, intellect, and desires. We just express them differently.

One of the best ways to bring community together is through art – painting, sculpting, music, dance, and especially theater. Theater performances use various types of cultural language – verbal language, body language, costumes, and music. Some of the meaning an actor expresses in another language can be understood by gestures, facial expressions and movement. However, without understanding verbal language there is only partial understanding and much of a play, performance, or speech can be lost. For a complete artistic experience, a translator is needed.

A translator in a theater may sound like a terrible idea. Who hasn’t been annoyed by someone talking behind them in a theater?  The solution is to use a system that streams audio over wifi, sending a one-way audio broadcast to a user’s smart device via an app. A translator can speak only to those audience members who need to hear the event in another language through ear-buds. It’s a wonderful way to bring the audience in tune.

An assistive listening device for theaters that streams audio to your audience members’ smart devices means no need for additional hearing assistive devices, upgrades or care. AudioFetch solutions can connect with the wifi service already at the theater – without any wiring or bulky equipment. All the audience members have to do is download the AudioFetch app to their smartphones and listen. It’s an economical and simple audio solution that could grow your attendance while creating a stronger community.

If you would like to learn more about theater and auditorium hearing solutions with AudioFetch, contact us today!

*3rd party translation software or service required