Philips Emotion Jacket Touches You In Movie Theatres

Philips Emotion Jacket Touches You In Movie Theatres

Lemmens says that during a Bruce Lee fight scene, the jacket can pulse with the gu-goong gu-goong gu-goong of an elevated heartbeat. (All good, until you remember that Bruce Lee’s heart rate never went above 42 beats per minute his whole life.)

The jacket’s versatile fondling techniques come from 64 actuators, clustered in groups of four along different parts of the torso and arms—eight in each sleeve, for instance. They are low-powered enough to be run on two AA batteries for an hour, but hopefully they’ll make room for more batteries, since the average movie is over 2 hours, including trailers. The signals to pinch your arm, tighten your chest, or sooth your back would come from the film itself, kinda like how those D-Box motion chairs follow pre-determined cues that are synced with the action on the screen.

I’m willing to buy into the argument that a little more physical interaction would heighten my emotional appreciation of a movie, but I just can’t help feeling it’s the premise of a corny but terrifying episode of The Outer Limits? [IEEE Spectrum]