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Something Is Staring At Me

That creepy feeling you get
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Something is just not right. Your hair stands up on the back of your neck. Is something behind you or is it in front of you, staring at you? You can feel some sort of uneasiness in the air.

Many movie theatres in the past took advantage of electric shocks for suspense films but none to date have taken advantage of the hair raising effect of an e-field generator. It's not as pain-inducing but the effects can be just as powerful.

The simplest design is a small VandeGraaff generator under each seat and a way of insulating one from the ground. A very low power field is required, something along the lines of a balloon rubbing against fur where the discharge if any is below the threshold of feeling it.

sartep, Jul 31 2003


       It wouldn't give you goosebumps though, would it...?
Detly, Aug 01 2003

       <80's flashback>
Sometimes I feel like,
Somebody's watching me...
</80's flashback>

       Bring on the negative ions!
Cedar Park, Aug 01 2003

       Ohm my god, it hertz!
DeathNinja, Aug 01 2003

       The EMF helmet would give you goose bumps but where exactly on ones head the field needs to be placed and how to produce it consistantly is still under developement. Subjects also felt their limbs tingle and had the feeling of being tapped on the back of the head and shoulder amongs other things. Similar designs would be stage 2 of this plan for a theatre seat.
sartep, Aug 01 2003

       Either. I was giving a simplified demonstration.
sartep, Aug 01 2003

       "isn't it ionic.. don't you think, a little too ionic, yeah I really do think"
neilp, Aug 01 2003

       "The name is Bond, Ionic Bond."
sartep, Aug 01 2003

       "Please turn off all pagers, cellphones, and pacemakers while entering this theater. Thank you."
Amos Kito, Aug 01 2003

       Was it "Stranger in a Strange Land" where they watched films interactively with electronic pulse bars which the film patrons held on to? I like this idea. I've often wondered how far you would be allowed to go with ambient sounds, smells, and sensations not strictly in the movie itself, but in the theatre. +
k_sra, Aug 01 2003

       That book also had subsonic generators which you really couldnt hear, but sort of made you uneasy. I am sure that the new THX-type audio in movies incorporates very low sounds along this principle.
bungston, Aug 01 2003

       Yeah, there is the pacemaker thing. You could have a holder for the cellphones at the seats, and special seats for people with pacemakers.
sartep, Aug 01 2003

       Can you speed up pacemakers during the exciting parts?
Amos Kito, Aug 01 2003

       Just charge the seats one polarity and the ceiling the oposite polarity. Additional benefit: The jerks who come in late or stand up to run around during the show likely get zapped.
kbecker, Aug 01 2003


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