We’ve all been there: you’re using your smartphone to watch the latest Oscar nominees while on the subway or at the park but the background noise and bright lights are totally ruining the cinematic experience. Plus you’re starting to get a sore arm from having to hold up the phone. How did this thing even get nominated for an Oscar? If these sound like problems that you wanted a solution to, then boy have we got a Kickstarter project for you! Poptheatr is a product that allows you to create a private, distraction-free home theatre experience while using your mobile phone or tablet. There’s just one catch: you have to be prepared to look like a complete tool while you’re using it. Hit the jump for more info.
As you can see on their Kickstarter page, Poptheatr requires you to lie down flat on your back with a bag on your head. Your phone is attached inside the bag at an optimal 15 inches from your face but you can still control the phone using a bluetooth-enabled remote control. Sound emits from wireless speakers, which also contain a 2500mAh power bank to prevent your device from running out of juice. The whole thing folds up into a carrying bag that weights 970 g.
While this does sound like it might provide a decent (as opposed to the standard horrible) movie-watching experience on your phone, the question remains… would anyone actually use this thing in public? The fact that you have to lie down is one thing, but being forced to wear a bag on your head is even more of a detractor. I don’t think most people would be comfortable using it outside of their home, which kind of defeats the purpose. But I suppose for people who already do all their movie-watching on their phone anyway, perhaps Poptheatr is the future of cinema. Check out the Kickstarter campaign and let us know what you think.