Vibrating Seats Could Be Coming Soon To A Theatre Near You

The whole 3D thing wasn't quite a success when it came to convincing people to come back to theatres instead of just downloading movies at home. But you know what they say — if at first you don't succeed, try adding a rumble feature to theatre seats.

A company called Tremor FX has designed a new kind of theatre seating with built-in actuators creating vibration and rumble sensations that coincide with the action on screen. In fact, unlike other enhanced theatre seats which have to be specially programmed to react to a movie, the Tremor FX seats simply respond to the film's soundtrack. So during a loud action sequence, your chair will really come to life.

The system is also easier for theatre owners to install. The Tremor FX chairs are the same size as regular theatre chairs, so seating capacity isn't diminished. And the control hardware, which is no bigger than a tower PC, can easily squeeze into existing projection rooms. On the plus side it doesn't require the audience to don special glasses, but on the other there's the definite possibility that it could give theatre owners another excuse to boost ticket prices to cover the costs. And in the same way the 3D effect gets tiring after a while, I imagine sitting through a lengthy adventure like The Lord of the Rings could take its toll on your derriere. [Tremor FX]


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    Surely if anybody cared about this there'd already be a decent market for a similar device aimed at consumers...?

    There is. Do a search for "tactile tranducers". They are pretty popular in the home theatre scene.

    A version of this used to exist about thirty years ago. It was called "Sensurround" and basically was a big bass sound that made the theatre floor and chairs vibrate. I remember seeing the original Battlestar Galactica in Sensurround, and every time one of the big Battlestars would appear on screen you would get this bass rumble going through you...I'll never forget it. I was only nine, but it was awesome.

    Just wait til the 3D haters get hold of THIS!

    There already are similar seats in the USA. On my last visit there last year, certain cinemas had seats that move with the action on screen, moving up, down and tilting left right forward and back. I'm pretty sure I remember there being a vibrate feature in it as well. I saw Fast & Furious 5 in the seat, which was an interesting experience, but not more than a gimmick I would probably only use once.

    Also - the seats were located in the middle of the theatre with normal seats around them - I was the only person in the motion seat and must have looked like an absolute weirdo moving around from side to side in the film.

    I've got two 1500 Watt buttkickers mounted inside my couches. I must say it adds an extra level of imersion to movies, music and games. It took a while to setup properly and I've even got them working wirelessly.

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