You might have seen different movie theater chains advertising D-BOX technology. Cinemark and AMC theaters are just two of the chains, and the technology is expanding across the world at a rapid rate. Seeing D-BOX advertised and described with a few words doesn’t do it justice.
D-BOX takes the viewing experience to the next level and helps improve entertainment experiences, simulations, and training. As D-BOX expands its uses and applications, you will eventually see it in many different settings, including your home.
So sit back, grab a snack, and get ready to dream of all the new ways experiences are becoming more immersive and enjoyable. We’re going to tell you all about D-BOX.
Let’s Start With Haptics
Haptic technology is also known as kinaesthetic communication or 3D touch. It includes any technology that creates an experience of touch by applying vibrations, motions, or forces to the user. The technology has many uses, such as creating virtual objects in a simulation, enhancing remote control of machines or devices, or making your movie-going experience awesome.
With the advent of the metaverse, you’ll see more use of haptic devices. They have been a part of your life for quite some time as simple haptic devices. Your video game controllers vibrate to make the game more interactive, and your smartphone vibrates to alert you to calls.
Haptic technology used in conjunction with entertainment like the metaverse, video games, or video makes the experience more immersive as the haptic movement represents a change happening at that time. When you’re shot in a video game, your X-Box remote will vibrate in the same intervals as being hit by bullets, making the game more enjoyable.
What is D-Box
D-BOX is a technology that creates a memorable entertainment experience, and it is currently used in about 720 theaters worldwide. Additionally, D-BOX is used in homes to expand entertainment and institutions that utilize the expanded experience for commercial applications.
D-Box is a haptic technology used in chairs, full auto racing simulators, flight simulators, theme park rides, and video gaming gear. In each use, the feel of D-BOX represents an image or sound with which it is synchronized.
Who Makes D-BOX?
D-BOX Technologies Inc. is the company behind D-BOX. It is a publicly traded motion technology-focused company based in Longueuil, Quebec. The company designs and manufactures its products and is listed under the stock ticker DBOXF.
The tech is considered so promising that the company raised substantial money before becoming a public company. That a name like Andreesen Horowitz was part of $48 million funding round, says this company is going places, and you’ll see it more and more.
D-BOX enhances experiences across media and uses that will only continue to increase. You can buy D-BOX products for home use or try out the experience in many major movie theater chains.
D-BOX at the movies
The most visible use of D-BOX is in movie theaters. The experience is advertised and used to better compete with other theater chains.
D-BOX is used in theaters worldwide to offer moviegoers a unique and immersive experience. Standard films, IMAX, and 3-D films are all made more immersive with D-BOX. Special effects and action on the screen are boosted to the next level with D-BOX installed in the theater seats.
D-BOX seats move forwards, backwards, sideways, upwards, and downwards in smooth movements to enhance the sensory experience without distracting viewers from the film action. The spectators can adjust the intensity of the activity to fit their personal preferences.
Movies are brought to life, and moviegoers have a memorable experience, thanks to D-BOX.
D-Box and video games
Many premier video games now come with D-BOX support, taking the gaming experience to the next level. Some big names are Forza, F1, Assassin’s Creed, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Need for Speed. Most games include racing or flying because a first-person view coupled with effective haptics goes to the next level of video game entertainment. Imagine turning into a corner in an F1 race and having your chair lean in with the car.
The D-BOX x Cooler Master: Motion1 and Razer Enki Pro Hyersense take gaming haptics beyond a vibrating control. These chairs let gamers experience g-force to match their games. The chairs utilize haptics throughout the backrest to stimulate gamers from lower backs up to shoulders. Haptic feedback is included in over 2,500 coded movies, tv shows, and games to make for the chair you never want to leave.
Comfort is an essential component of all-day gaming sessions and D-BOX-enabled chairs don’t skimp on lumbar support and comfort.
It is safe to say the D-BOX chairs are on the wishlist of every serious gamer.
D-BOX in the living room and beyond
Home entertainment is experienced like never before when the D-BOX Home Entertainment Chair and D-BOX Home Recliner are in the living room.
Just as D-BOX comes installed in ultra-comfortable gaming chairs designed for all-day use, the living room chairs are no exception. The chair and recliner are supple and comfortable, so they are the preferred entertainment chair in the living room, even when not using D-BOX technology.
Some of the big names that offer D-BOX support are movies like Top Gun Maverick and Thor Love and Thunder. Series that support D-BOX are The Lord of the Rings–The Rings of Power, House of the Dragon, Andor, and Stranger Things. Naturally, games are supported, but shockingly albums from Taylor Swift, SIA, and Rhianna also support D-BOX.
Whew. That’s a lot.
Now imagine an entire D-BOX home theater where every viewer shares the D-BOX experience.
High-end, custom home theater designers/installers worldwide offer these D-BOX products.
A gaming chair is great for racing, but a full racing simulator feels like you’re behind the wheel in a rally race. D-BOX products make it possible to feel road vibrations and textures. Understeer, oversteer, and wheel locking give competitive gamers an ultra-realistic feel that improves their performance.
D-BOX G5 actuators are the key to a realistic racing feel. The company’s actuators are electromechanical, meaning no oil or maintenance. When coupled with a racing seat or full cockpit replication, the actuators make for such a realistic experience that they are used by FIA and Nascar teams for driver training.
Sim Racing vendors worldwide are D-BOX resellers.
It makes sense that a technology that makes gaming and sim racing feel real would be used for training purposes. When replicating reality as best as possible is beneficial, D-BOX is an essential component.
Flight, heavy vehicles, truck driving, and construction equipment simulators are all ideal D-BOX applications. Haptic-based training mimics real-world situations without the risk of damaging equipment or trainees causing injury to themselves or others.
Making a training simulation as realistic as possible stimulates muscle memory, improving operator responsiveness. Realistic training better engages employees, meaning they learn more and faster.
When putting an employee into the field, companies may rest assured that the employee has trained under realistic scenarios and can respond when things go wrong.
D-BOX partners with some of the world’s most prestigious training simulation companies to install haptic technology that makes their simulators more effective.
Attractions and theme parks
The stakes get higher and higher for new attractions and theme parks as visitors look for bigger and better entertainment. More immersive experiences are vital to competing with others in the industry.
It says a lot about D-BOX’s technology that the haptic technology used in your home is also used for theaters, coin-operated games, and immersive theme park experiences.
A recent, well-reviewed experience using D-BOX haptics technology is “Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride” from LAI Games.
D-BOX Is Just Cool
Making simulations, entertainment, training, and gaming more immersive has always been the goal of every content provider. Theaters, theme parks, industrial training providers, video game producers, and friends who use your D-BOX chair will agree.
With the advent of the metaverse, the applications for haptic technology will only continue to increase. The need for more realistic environments and feelings keeps on growing.
We can have technology in our living rooms used in commercial applications worldwide. It’s a true testament to how rapidly high-quality entertainment immersion is becoming accessible to consumers.
You will no doubt see and use D-BOX in your favorite theater, at an arcade, or even on the job at some point, but there is no better place to see and feel it than in your living room or gaming space.