Researchers at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo recently unveiled their “Chilly Chair” concept at the SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies conference in Los Angeles. The chair aims to enhance your media-viewing experience by stimulating the hair on your arms at appropriate moments on screen using static electricity. When an ax-wielding murderer turns up behind a character on screen for example, the chair will help you “feel” that fear in real-time by polarizing a metal plate on the arm rests that then makes your hair stand on end.
Watch the Chilly Chair experience below:
While perhaps decades away from being deployed for any at-home or in-theater use, the concept points to the opportunity in interactive viewing experiences. This would be just one way theaters could differentiate their offering from static streamed content and turn it into something more engaging.
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