While the crew behind a great movie may think outside the box to create the flick, the single-occupant Solo Theater, from Japanese design house Lucy Alter Design, means you can now watch a film in a box, using your smartphone or tablet–all by yourself.
Now overfunding on Japanese platform Makuake, Solo Theater makes perfect sense for those unable to afford the funds or the space for a larger home theater setup, notes RocketNews24. As of this writing, the campaign has raised 165 percent of its goal, or 331,080円 of 200,000円 from 95 people.
At first glance, Solo Theater reminded me of those cardboard pinhole projectors, used to safely view an eclipse. The product is similarly made of light, durable cardboard. When not in use, Solo Theater becomes even more storage friendly, folding into a flat rectangle. To watch a movie, unfold the unit, attach one of the four screens, sized for the iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPad Air, or iPad mini, and secure the contraption with the Velcro band.
No need to hold your breath during a film’s scary moments (to conserve air to see how the film ends?)–air slits at the base base of the box ensure a steady supply of oxygen.
With this exception, the rest of the box has no gaps to shed untimely light on your viewing experience. Which, a further look inside reveals, you share with a cardboard cutout audience, even if your headphones, which can be threaded through the box, are exclusive to you. You can also adjust the height settings (two) to mimic the experience of sitting closer to a movie screen or farther away from it.
Campaign pledges that include a Solo Theater unit start at 2,520 yen (US$20, but out of stock), and pledging 5,760 yen will get you a pack of two. Check out the product video below (in Japanese).
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