The ride of your life, in the living room
These leather recliners have built-in actuators that pull you into the onscreen action by rocking you around in sync with the movie's movement and sound.
If you've always envied those simulation rides at the fun fair, here's your chance to own a lifetime's worth of rides. D-Box's X3me and Quest chairs are leather recliners with built-in actuators that pull you into the onscreen action by rocking you around in sync with the movie's movement and sound.
A D-Box ride works with a D-Box decoder box or a PC that sits between your media player and D-Box chair. First, D-Box engineers code the motions in a particular movie into a series of motion controls that can be read by the decoder box and subsequently translated to the chair's hydraulics (actuators). These motion codes are constantly updated on the D-Box site as new movies are released. What this means is that only movies which have been coded by D-Box will work with the chair.
Capable of up to 2Gs of acceleration and 100 movements per second, it might be a good idea to keep some bags around if all that motion induces your gag reflex.
At more than $13,110, the X3me (comes with three actuators) may be a moot point, though D-Box has some less-expensive alternatives. The Quest is the same chair but minus one actuator and about $4,140 off the price. And if that cost still proves a little too heavy, D-Box also has the Universal Motion Platform, which lets you plunk your existing recliner onto a moving stage (with a choice of either of four or two motors).
(Source: Crave Asia)