Do you crave the movie theater experience of yore, when you could watch a movie in pitch blackness, undisturbed by ill-behaved fellow viewers? These days, between the seat-kickers, loud-talkers and distracting glow of smartphones from people who are apparently live-Tweeting the movie, going to the cinema is as unpleasant as it is overpriced.
Help is here from Japan. No, we don't mean those expensive Sony goggles; instead a legion of Japan-based DIY'ers have been creating "cardboard theaters" on the cheap, like this one:
The good news is it doesn't matter what the box looks like on the outside:
This one features a plush ergonomic add-on, and what appear to be the theater rules written on the outside:
Here we see an IMAX version:
We're not sure what the thinking is here with the hinged flap, perhaps the builder wanted to save themselves from having to make a troublesome third cut, or perhaps it minimizes light leakage:
This one is trimmed out in what appears to be yellow gaffers tape:
As kooky as this idea is, it seems undoubtedly effective, and I'd very much like to see a version that has had some industrial design applied to it. Maybe something that folds flat for storage, features an internal pillow of some sort, is light-tight, features Surround Sound and has a more precise screen mount. You guys got any time this weekend?
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It needs 'surround sound' blue tooth speakers.
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